Overview

The Opportunity Collaborative seeks to promote the economic well-being of the region’s low skilled adult population by increasing their access to employment and economic opportunity.  The Baltimore Region Workforce Development Strategic Plan is the product of nearly two years of research by the Opportunity Collaborative Workforce Development Committee.

The Workforce Development Plan

The final Regional Workforce Development Plan was informed by the experience of those on the committee in addition to several studies that have explored the region’s workforce development opportunities and problems.  These studies included The Baltimore Regional Talent Development Pipeline Study (TDPS), which assessed future demand for workers in the region’s industry sectors, demand for occupations, identification of mid-skilled occupations in demand, key characteristics of those occupations including earnings, educational and training requirements, experience requirements, advancement opportunity, and the inventory of education and training available to prepare workers for jobs and careers.  This study included a survey of over 1,000 job seekers in the Baltimore Region to assess the prevalence of barriers to employment opportunity.

Many of the region’s low skilled adults face multiple barriers to employment opportunity that must be addressed holistically in order for individuals to successfully enter and maintain family-supporting careers.  As a result, the committee undertook a study of Barriers to Employment Opportunity in the Baltimore Region, which identified the complex and interconnected barriers that keep low skilled adults from finding a job and advancing into a career that pays a family-supporting wage.

Using the industries identified in the Regional Talent Development Pipeline and the guidance from the analysis of the barriers to employment opportunity, the Collaborative is working to identify and/or develop career pathways in key industry sectors. As a first step, the Collaborative identified five career pathways in the region’s transportation and logistics sector. These charts depict the career paths that workers could follow to move from an entry-level position over time — gathering experience, training, and likely educational credentials along the way — into a mid-skilled family-supporting career.

The Committee

The Workforce Development Committee includes representation from each of the workforce investment boards in the Baltimore Region, from higher education stakeholders, social services organizations, workforce development funder organizations, workforce training providers, economic development stakeholders, transportation planners, and other stakeholders with an interest in improving access to employment opportunity across the Baltimore Region.  Organizations represented on the committee include:

Anne Arundel Community College

Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation

Associated Black Charities

Baltimore City Community College

Baltimore Integration Partnership

Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development

Baltimore County Office of Economic and Workforce Development

Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative

Citizens Planning and Housing Association

Community College of Baltimore County

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake

Greater Baltimore Committee

Job Opportunities Task Force

Johns Hopkins School of Education

Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development

Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation

Mid-Maryland Workforce Development Corporation

Susquehanna Workforce Network