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This workforce development initiative equips young adults for good-paying jobs and advances workforce equity in North Texas, helping us move closer to our Aspire United 2030 goal of increasing the number of young adults in living wage jobs by 20%.
Through Pathways to Work, we partner with service providers, training organizations and employers in growing industries to develop work-ready training programs, deliver industry-recognized credentials and support workers as they move toward their goals.
Pathways to Work provides comprehensive training and employment for displaced and under-employed workers in targeted occupations:
Participants also have access to work-readiness resources such as adult education, GED and ESL classes, career coaching, digital skills and devices, and work-based learning experiences, along with supportive services such as transportation and childcare.
We connect employers and training partners to diversify talent pipelines, improve inclusive hiring practices and enhance job quality.
Healthcare Partnership: A collaboration with six major health systems, training providers and the Dallas Hospital Council Foundation to attract, train and place frontline health care workers to fill critical hiring needs and to increase retention and advancement opportunities. Participants gain comprehensive skills training for in-demand entry-level and middle-skill roles—including patient care technician and phlebotomist—that lead to good paying, stable careers.
Information Technology Partnership: A collaboration with the Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas College, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, local employers and training providers to affirm training pathways for in-demand middle-skill IT positions and to expand hiring pipelines that increase the diversity of IT talent. Targeted roles include computer user support, computer network support, web developers and digital interface designers.
Construction Partnership: A collaboration with local employers, industry associations and training providers to improve work readiness and provide training for commercial construction jobs, including electrician, plumber, pipe-fitter and welder. This initiative includes Women in Construction, a companion program through Southern Dallas Thrives.
Ongoing United Way projects seek to improve workforce equity throughout North Texas. This work includes our 2021 report “Advancing Workforce Equity in Dallas and Collin Counties: A Blueprint for Action”—produced in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and Policy Link—which delivered eight recommendations to improve our region’s capacity to achieve equitable outcomes in employment, wages and advancement. Current workforce equity projects include Bridging the Digital Divide, Career Pathways Learning Network and Journey Mapping. Upcoming projects include the Skills Based Hiring Lab and Workforce Equity Benchmarking Collaborative.
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Together, we can improve access to education, income and health so all North Texans can thrive.