Work Train is dedicated to addressing the challenge of un-and-underemployment in Central New York by creating solutions that benefit both businesses and jobseekers alike.

Housed within CenterState CEO, the initiative is driven by a collaborative of funders and community partners that represent: business, economic development, philanthropy, workforce development, local government, training and education, and grassroots organizations.

The “Dual Client” Model

01Work Train assists businesses in recruiting, training and retaining skilled employees by listening to their needs and working together to develop innovative solutions.

02Work Train works with community partners to assist residents to access training and obtain careers that pay family-sustaining wages.

Work Train develops solutions for industries with persistent, robust demand that offer good wages and opportunities for career advancement. We do this by bringing together employers, business organizations, educational institutions and community partners to collaborate within Industry Partnerships. Through Industry Partnerships, Work Train understands employer needs and leverages existing resources from partners to develop training and workforce strategies that meet industry demand. Work Train currently operates Industry Partnerships in healthcare and manufacturing.

Work Train is a proud partner site within the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, a national network of “best practice” regional workforce collaboratives.

Funding has been provided by the United Way of CNY, the Allyn Foundation, the Gifford Foundation, the CNY Community Foundation, the Reisman Foundation, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and the New York State Assembly.