Nashville's Career Readiness Partnership
Nashville's construction industry is booming, as are the Metro area's healthcare and hospitality industries. The challenge for the city is to connect companies hiring in these industries with qualified job seekers.
Davidson County residents are eager for jobs to go to local candidates. In 2015, there was a measure on the ballet requiring large public improvement projects to use Davidson County residents for 40% of the construction work. It was approved, with 57.8% of residents in support of the measure.
But, in order to hire local people for construction, employers need to be able to readily find and hire qualified candidates. The Nashville Construction Readiness Partnership (NCRP) was started to address this challenge. In its first year, it provided residents with necessary training as well as using the site JOBS4TN.gov to connect qualified candidates with potential employers (and vice versa).
For Davidson County's low- and middle-income residents, the NRCP helps provide jobs and career paths that would be otherwise inaccessible.
After its first year, the NCRP had successfully helped more than 100 Davidson County residents enrolled in construction training programs. Of that group, 76 have successfully landed jobs. For the second year of this Public Investment Plan (PIP), NCRP will change what the "C" in its name stands for, expanding from "construction" to "careers" and broadening the program's reach to additional industries.
Why It Matters
A construction boom: Look around the Nashville skyline, and you'll see cranes. The Metro area has a vibrant construction industry, but residents are not always aware of the employment opportunities that are available.
A training gap: The JOBS4TN.gov website connects potential employees and candidates. Through training programs, low income and unemployed residents can learn the skills necessary to work in construction.
"Hospitality and healthcare careers will join with construction training and recruiting efforts to round out and complete the mission of the Nashville Career Readiness Partnership. Goals will include adding more community partners to enhance program awareness, and assist with recruiting efforts, while continuing to develop relationships with area employers to identify their specific hiring needs including the basic training required."
- Clay Faircloth, Career Coach, MA, GCDF; July 2017
NCRP bridges the gap between skilled workers and companies with open positions by:
- Leveraging JOBS4TN.gov: The website, where employers list jobs and candidates post resumes, already existed and served the entire state of Tennessee. Through this PIP, NCRP trained community-based organizations, employers, and candidates on how to utilize the system. NCRP's employer representative worked with hiring companies one-on-one to learn the Job Order process. NCRP also met with employers and labor unions to determine their new-hire needs.
- Partnering with local organizations: NCRP connected with the Nashville Workforce Network (NWN), Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH), and other Community Based Organizations to make them aware of JOBS4TN.gov, and the potential career opportunities for residents. These organizations recruited Nashville residents to participate in skills training and job-matching within the construction industry.
In the first year of this program, the focus was on matchmaking between construction candidates and construction jobs. In the upcoming year, the program will operate similarly, while including additional industries beyond construction i.e. hospitality and healthcare.
Employers can access interested candidates by creating an employer profile on www.jobs4tn.gov
Virtual OneStop (Jobs4TN) Quick Reference Guide for Employers
Employers can use the web-based platform to enter job opportunities and search the database for Davidson County residents who have the required skills.
The system is utilized throughout the state and is accessible to anyone, anywhere with an internet connection.
Nashville Career Advancement Center (NCAC) is a Metro Agency operating in partnership with the American Job Center. NCAC is currently working with employers, community agencies, training providers, and Nashville’s job seekers to connect through the NCRP. NCAC is a central point of contact for employers looking to fill construction positions.
Community engagement and support is critical to ensure that citizens, neighborhoods, and districts in Davidson County have access and the opportunity to connect with the Partnership. NCRP benefits from the relationships leveraged through our Nashville Workforce Network (NWN). NWN has over 300 members including nonprofits, government entities, education providers and employers connected as members. Companies interested in leveraging this network to recruit construction, hospitality and healthcare candidates should call Nashville Career Advancement Center at 615-741-0825.
NCRP Success Stories
Lorrie came through the Martha O’Bryan Center’s Jobs Plus Program with the goal to acquire a job in the construction industry. After completing our Job Readiness Program and our Digital Literacy Program, Lorrie heard about the Career Readiness Program.
The Nashville Career Readiness Partnership was created to ensure that the citizens of Nashville have the access and skills needed to engage in Nashville's vibrant construction industry. The program develops and implements strategies that match employers with skilled Davidson County employees, while providing training opportunities for residents seeking to enter the construction industry for the first time.
After graduating from the program, on December 9, 2016, Lorrie quickly hit the ground running with her job search and found a full time job as a Groundskeeper / Maintenance Tech at the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency in Nashville, TN.