stupski foundation grant propels occupational councils
Innovative Occupational Councils (OCs) the Bay Area Council launched this year to address workforce gaps in key industries have exceeded expectations in just the first eight months, thanks in large part to funding from the Stupski Foundation Learning Grant. Operated by the Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee under the leadership of Co-Chairs Teresa Briggs of Deloitte, Glenn Shannon of Shorenstein Properties and Julius Robinson of Union Bank, the OCs have convened employers, educators, nonprofits and other stakeholders to address severe regional workforce shortages in the aviation, construction, healthcare and manufacturing industries. The program has included regular meetings of key stakeholders to identify ways to increase the talent pipeline for jobs in these industries, conducting in-classroom employer visits and organizing several curated job fairs. The Committee has also begun identifying best practices for scaling up the OCs and ensuring they can be sustained.
The Workforce of the Future team is always looking for additional employers to lend valuable industry insight and expertise to the Occupational Councils. For more information, please contact Senior Vice President Linda Bidrossian.