July Meeting Outcomes - Employers Driving Action
Diversity and Inclusion: The East Bay Partnership Perspective
The East Bay ICT Partnership is driving meaningful impact in the region through an aggressive and high impact slate of initiatives. During the partnership's quarterly meeting in July, the group ratified the definitions for workplace skills, launched two new action teams to move forward with a pilot internship program, and approved the launch of a Community College Advisory pilot program.
See highlights from the last meeting here:
EBICT Employers Have Spoken: Essential Skills Are Key
While interviewing candidates for our first group of industry champions, diversity and inclusion was a common theme. As a result, I anticipated it would be among the first initiatives launched by the group. Yet, during the process of identifying regional challenges and needs, workplace diversity did not emerge as a consensus initiative.
A New Brand of Engagement
Our ICT Business Champions are in agreement and they have been crystal clear: “We need job candidates who have relevant work experience. And, we are willing to help create opportunities for newly educated and trained people to gain that experience through internships and job shadowing. The challenge is that we need candidates for these internships who demonstrate certain skills, attributes and behaviors that we know help ensure that the internship opportunity bears fruit.” EastBayICT Business Champions, September 2016.
Sector Partnerships - A National Movement
The employer-led initiatives launched by the East Bay ICT Partnership all revolve around improving the development of native talent in the East Bay and improving access for East Bay employers to local job-ready talent. On Tuesday, the East Bay ICT Partnership supported and attended an event in Oakland that was designed to address both of these focus areas.
East Bay ICT Partnership Gaining Momentum
As part of an East Bay delegation, several of us were fortunate to attend the first National Next Generation Sector Partnership Academy in warm, sunny, dry Phoenix AZ in February. The national interest was astounding with nearly 300 people from across the country in attendance.
January Quarterly Meeting - A Bias for Action
The East Bay ICT Partnership is gaining recognition and credibility in the East Bay. In the last 4 weeks, a number of organizations and collaboratives have reached out seeking our insights on a number of topics. For instance, Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group invited us to speak to their large group of business leaders on Friday, March 10th to share our work and our model, and to provide their businesses with the opportunity to join us.
What ICT Employers Say
The third meeting of the East Bay ICT Partnership saw membership grow to 18 employer partners and 28 community partners. This quarterly convening represented a pivot from defining a set of employer focused needs to focusing on collaborative action.
Announcing Our New Brand
Over the course of the East Bay ICT Partnership’s first two quarterly meetings, industry partners have engaged in dialog aimed at identifying the most important opportunities or drivers of growth of ICT in the region—such as growing markets, new products, technological innovation, policy changes, specialized local strengths, and other factors and then focusing on specific actions that could be taken to advance the group’s priorities.
East Bay ICT Partner Expansion
As with the SlingShot sector initiatives that have come before us, the ICT initiative has rebranded itself. Our new name is The East Bay ICT Partnership.
Launching Action Groups
The East Bay ICT Partnership (EBICT) initiative now boast seventeen business champions representing five business sectors and twenty-six community partners spanning a wide range of education and training providers, industry associations and others. We are currently in conversation with an additional four business partners and have extended invitations to another fourteen business champions as we round out our sector map and build a regional industry table.
The East Bay ICT Partnership has an explicit bias toward action. The issues facing us are urgent both for business and for our community. In response, the business leaders have prioritized two initiatives and is launching collaborative action teams to begin working on clarifying the need and developing regional solutions.