13: Data for demand-led interventions – the Workforce Intelligence Network

The Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) in South East Michigan connects non-profits to what’s happening in the labour market and aims to give employers a voice within the workforce development system.111 Their mission is “to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development system in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success”.112 It is a collaborative effort between nine community colleges, seven WIBs and economic development partners, funded through grants from both Federal government and the state.

WIN uses multiple sources of labour market information to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of supply and demand in South East Michigan. This includes publicly available sources of data such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), U.S. Census Bureau and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). It also uses Burning Glass data to access millions of online job postings from job boards, the State of Michigan, company websites, and Craigslist, which can then be filtered through multiple settings to provide information on specific sectors or occupations. The data is verified with regional companies. The CareerBuilder Talent Intelligence Portal provides access to hundreds of thousands of online resumes to provide a better understanding of what skills and knowledge jobseekers have in the region.

Using this data, WIN provides workforce development organisations and partnerships with real-time data on how and when people move from job-to-job and of the kinds of skills and experiences that lead to successful placement. It also provides up-to-date information on the profile of the current labour pool.

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