Dec. 16, 2011
John Prout, President and CEO of TriHealth, Inc., is chairing a new regional partnership by the United Way of Greater Cincinnati named Partners for a Competitive Workforce (Partners). The goal of Partners is to get people back to work and help businesses find qualified workers. Unemployment remains persistently high and half of all local employers say that they expect to have difficulty finding qualified workers for job openings over the next few years, according to a local survey conducted in 2010.
“At TriHealth, much of our success depends on our ability to attract, retain and develop the talent we need to provide quality care,” says Prout. “In this challenging economy, our partners have come together to focus on developing the skilled workforce that our employers need to compete and grow, as well as building the skills of workers so they can compete for good jobs.”
Father Michael Graham, President of Xavier University, is serving as vice chair of Partners, which brings together leaders from businesses, workforce investment boards, chambers of commerce, educational institutions, community organizations and philanthropic funders from across the Tri-State region. The United Way of Greater Cincinnati is providing management for the partnership, with Ross Meyer as executive director.
Partners will initially focus on advancing three key initiatives: connecting businesses with qualified workers through the Employers First Regional Workforce Network, developing career pathways for 5-6 priority industries to prepare the current and future workforce for in-demand careers, and improving work readiness services to help individuals obtain and retain gainful employment. The partnership will also focus on collecting and disseminating data about labor market trends, raising and aligning public and private funds, and advancing public policy changes.
“We’ve been successful in a few areas already in this region, with some efforts we can really build on,” Prout said. “We can make a huge difference by working together.”
Partners builds on a long history of collaboration in the region to address workforce issues. The four workforce investment boards that serve the Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana region have worked together over the past 10 years, and recently formalized their partnership through the Employers First Regional Workforce Network to better serve employers.
Prout was elected to the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati in 2010 and also serves as chairman of the Uptown Consortium, and is on the board of organizations including the American Heart Association, the Queen City Club, the Greater Cincinnati Health Council Governance Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee, Premier AEIZ and the Leadership Institute. He has recently been appointed as a state delegate and member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board 5.
For more information on this story, contact Joe Kelley of TriHealth Marketing Communications at 513-509-8466.