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WPTI Employer Symposium Series: Healthcare Sector

Meeting Employers Needs in a Digital Economy

By WPTI Public Calendar Events

When and where

Date and time

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 · 5:30 - 7:30am PST



About this event

In a rapidly shifting economic environment, gaining a deeper understanding of employer and industry needs, and how workforce providers can most effectively respond, is especially critical. To this end, WPTI is pleased to announce the third session of our Employer Symposium Series. Through discussion with employers, workforce providers will not only develop a deeper understanding of industry priorities and required skill sets, but also learn strategies to build the relationships necessary to create effective career pipelines for the communities they serve.The event will take place on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 8:30-10:30 am with a forum focused on the healthcare sector, one of the industries affected most dramatically by recent economic changes. This event will bring together employers and practitioners from workforce development agencies with a focus on meeting employers’ workforce needs in a digital economy. The event, presented in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, will feature an overview of the labor market and panel discussion followed by smaller discussions in breakout rooms. Featured speaker include James Parrott, Director, Economic and Fiscal Policy at the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School, and representatives from healthcare employers across New York City.

Employer panelists from the healthcare industry will share their real-time views on:

  • The structural impact of COVID-19 on their business operations;
  • The implications for training and development in a digital environment; and
  • The immediate as well as long-term talent needs of the business community including recruitment, retention, and career advancement; and
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Practitioners will walk away with:

  • An understanding of how employers have shifted in the wake of COVID-19, including the increasing role of technology;
  • Learnings regarding employer talent needs; and
  • Strategies to support and prepare emerging job seekers and those who will be displaced by technological advancements and changes in the labor market.

About the organizer

Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) increases the effectiveness of people, programs, and organizations that are committed to generating pathways out of poverty through employment. Our three-tiered approach strengthens capacity at all levels of the workforce development system.

  1. Professional Training: Develop the skills and careers of practitioners
  2. Organizational Consulting: Maximize productivity of programs and teams
  3. Systems Building: Create linkages, foster research and influence funding and best practice priorities

Since its founding in 2004, WPTI has become the preeminent non-profit training and technical assistance intermediary for New York City’s workforce development community. The organization has trained over 9,000 workforce practitioners from over 900 organizations that collectively serve over 500,000 jobseekers. As a standalone, non-political organization, WPTI provides an inclusive bridge among providers, funders and government agencies that contribute to building NYC’s workforce.

Drawing on well refined resources and relationships, WPTI combines the expertise of highly experienced workforce professionals, direct employer input, academic research, labor market information, and interactive adult learning principles to create high-quality curricula, impactful consulting frameworks, and useful resources for the field.