linking partners, resources and talent

retention

In a thriving economy, retaining talent can be a challenge. It is critical to identify resources and strategies available to support industry specific needs. In an effort to align those resources and strategies under one platform, Link Upstate was formed. The site was developed in an effort to share information, eliminate duplication and identify best practices. Workforce partners, as identified, each have the opportunity to share, explore, and implement as a collaborative group. As a business partner, this site offers insight on strategies that may solve some of your most difficult retention challenges and provides an opportunity to share what you envision as a solution.  

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Best Practices for Retaining employees

Job Profiling

Identify skills gaps and provide remediation tools for existing workers. 

Employee Engagement

Assessment of employee satisfaction.

Apprenticeships

Combine educational and on-the-job training opportunities, provide wage progression and present  clear career pathways. If registered with the Department of Labor, tax incentives may be available.

Incumbent Worker Training

Provides funding for training needed in current businesses due to: expansion, new technology, retooling, new services/product lines and new organizational structuring or as part of a layoff aversion strategy. Business match is required.  There will be a waiting period of 120 days for new or expanding businesses that displaced workers elsewhere in the United States. IWT is funded by the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Rapid Response Incumbent Worker Training

Is your company experiencing a decline in sales? Do you foresee a layoff in the near future?  Rapid Response Incumbent Worker Training provides funding for training existing workers related to layoff aversion. There will be a waiting period of 120 days for new or expanding businesses that displaced workers elsewhere in the United States. IWT is funded by the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Career Pathways

Retain your talent by showing them how they can grow with your company or within your industry. Be specific, include a graphic, show wage progression and educational requirements.

GED Training

Provides access to customized GED training for your existing workers who wish to obtain a GED or high school equivalency diploma.

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