Employer Engagement


Engage employers in deeply developing an education-to-career system that establishes a robust talent pipeline to meet their labor needs.

FY 2016 Goal

Engage Triangle employers in developing career pathways and work-based learning opportunities for Durham youth.

FY 2016 Action Steps

  1. Survey Triangle businesses to identify current work-based learning opportunities for Durham youth.
  2. Convene nonprofit and education partners to share opportunities, coordinate employer engagement efforts and develop shared outcomes/assessment strategies.
  3. Pilot software platforms for connecting employers and educators to offer WBL opportunities to Durham youth.
  4. Develop a web-based clearing house for youth events, programs and possibly internships.
  5. Develop a platform for coordinating employer engagement across institutions.
  6. Form an Employer Engagement Action Team to develop and lead an employer engagement strategy.


Meredythe Holmes
Executive Director

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