* Stockton Workforce Development Action Plan
A strong workforce with the skills needed to fill in-demand jobs is essential to assuring a vibrant economic future. With a population that continues to grow at a rate faster than the State, the City of Stockton is eager to leverage the region’s unique assets and opportunities to ensure its population is well prepared for the jobs that lay ahead.
At the request of the Office of the Mayor, Valley Vision secured funding from JPMorgan Chase Foundation to guide an action planning process that would align critical stakeholders around a common set of goals and strategies for workforce development in the Stockton and Northern San Joaquin Valley.
What is the goal?
Through this project, Valley Vision and the project partners will create a Workforce Development Action Plan that drives coordinated approaches for building workforce capacity in fields of projected job growth in the greater Stockton area. Our goal is to develop and mobilize action around a shared plan that leverages the region’s assets and opportunities in order to guide residents into programs and jobs that will support sustainable careers and supply businesses with the talent they need to grow.
Why is this important?
This action is important because the residents of the City of Stockton experience higher rates of unemployment and poverty than is seen at the Statewide average, and a lower median household income than is seen across the State. Elevating training levels and assuring that residents are prepared for in-demand jobs with growth potential are critical to both the economic and social vibrancy of the area. Creating common priorities will help improve coordination of training and development efforts to best link workforce supply with emerging demand.
What is Valley Vision doing about it?
During the Summer and Fall of 2017, Valley Vision and the UOP Center for Business and Policy Research will analyze findings from existing workforce studies and plans in order to identify key data regarding job-demand and skills-gaps, structural strengths and shortfalls, existing efforts, and promising practices. Findings will serve as the baseline information that the Action Plan Leadership Team will use to define goals, establish priorities for action, and shape strategies that will constitute the Action Plan. The Leadership Team will include representatives of both public and private sector entities who have the ability to mobilize actions and constituencies around the plan. Through the guidance offered by the Leadership Team, Valley Vision will draft the Action Plan for presentation to the Office of the Mayor for ongoing ownership.
What is our desired impact?
In the long term, Valley Vision and all the project partners expect that implementation of the Action Plan will lead to improved employment rates, higher wages, and more revenue generated in the region. On an immediate horizon, the Action Plan will provide a foundation from which to guide workforce development efforts.
How does this effort affect triple-bottom-line objectives?
Economy: A strong, prepared workforce will create more efficiencies and productivity in the region, helping lift the economic conditions of individuals and the region as a whole.
Environment: The Action Plan stands to impact environmental conditions in multiple regards. First, it is likely that preparedness for environmental jobs will likely result from Action Plan implementation. Second, by aligning local workforce supply with local workforce demand, residents will be able to secure jobs and businesses able to fill positions locally. This will help reduce commutes.
Equity: The Action Plan will help improve preparation for and access to livable-wage jobs for all residents. Those who are currently most disadvantaged will have access to new opportunities that allow them to grow.
Valley Vision is partnering with UOP’s Center for Business and Policy Research in the Summer of 2017 to conduct background research. The Leadership Team will be convened during the Fall of 2017 to establish priorities and craft the Action Plan. The Action Plan will be presented publicly by the conclusion of 2017.