Workforce Collaboratives

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The workforce collaboratives were conceptualized through the Industry Leadership Councils of Phoenix Forward >>, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s economic development initiative. The work of the collaboratives is executed through the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation.

Compliance and Risk Management; Construction; Cybersecurity; Financial Services; Health Care: Hospitals.

The demand for industry-specific training has outpaced these sectors. Companies choose where to expand or relocate based on the local talent in a city or region. Without the just-in-time, turnkey training that can be completed in a short time frame, our region risks losing companies or being bypassed by companies looking to relocate to the Greater Phoenix region.

The workforce collaboratives will accomplish this by: Conducting demand analysis (includes the identification of related core competencies); Identifying supply trends; Conducting provider assessments; Connecting industry and training providers; and Promoting high-quality career pathways.

Jobs. Growth. Opportunity.

Compliance Risk ManagementCompliance and Risk Management
The Compliance and Risk Management Workforce Collaborative consists of compliance and risk management professionals and education providers working together to enhance the talent pipeline. The team has identified key entry points into the profession, those just entering the workforce at the junior or associate level and industry professionals who are transitioning from practice into compliance (i.e. nurse transitioning mid-career.) A lack of those entering at the junior and associate level has led to the development of a marketing and communications strategy to promote career opportunities in compliance and risk management.

Construction hatConstruction
The Construction Workforce Collaborative consists of construction professionals and community partners working together to enhance the talent pipeline. The team has refined the core competencies at the pre-specialty level, specialty level, and supervisory level and identifying current sources of talent. The group has developed a career pathway and identified pain points at the pre-specialty and supervisory levels. They are working to identify current gaps in the training process and other challenges contributing to the lack of talent. The collaborative is looking to utilize a supervisory training program for incumbent skilled trade workers to help enhance the talent pipeline.

Cyber SecurityCybersecurity
The Cybersecurity Workforce Collaborative is primarily focused on companies that have cyber security as a component of their business but not as their core business function. The group consists of industry professionals, educators and training partners working to address talent shortages for security analysts at the junior, mid and senior levels. The group has developed and are executing upon a comprehensive action plan focused on developing stronger industry inspired programs, creating opportunities for workplace experiences and launching a communications strategy to promote cyber professions for the region.

Financial servicesFinancial Services
The Financial Services Workforce Collaborative was launched to address critical shortages for financial advisors and financial analysts. One of the opportunities identified during the preliminary assessment is to better prepare individuals to pass the necessary exams and provide screenings to individuals to assess their skills at the front end. The collaborative is working with Arizona@Work to develop a cohort of job seekers who will go through necessary training to pass the Series 7 exam.

Health CareHealth Care: Hospitals
The Health Care Workforce Collaborative is comprised of hospitals HR executives looking to recruit talent to meet the current hospital needs. The group identified critical talent challenges with registered nurses, specialty nurses and surgical technicians. The group began to identify sources of talent and  gaps in addressing talent needs.


How to get Involved:
GPCF is searching for hiring managers and HR professionals who are directly engaged in each of these industries, along with educators, training practitioners and community partners, who are specifically focused on the above professions to participate in ongoing strategy development and execution.

Have questions or would like to get involved in one of the Chamber’s Workforce Collaboratives?

Contact Trevor Young, Workforce Development Program Coordinator:

602.495.6464 |