“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” - Henry Ford
Workforce development was identified as the number one challenge in keeping the Ann Arbor area the incredible destination that it is today. In 2017, Destination Ann Arbor began a hospitality workforce development program.
The guiding objectives of the Destination Ann Arbor Workforce Development are as follows:
To help hospitality employers better hire, train & retain employees
To increase awareness of the hospitality industry as a vital community partner and a great place to work and build a career
To leverage the resources of the hospitality industry to provide greater opportunities for those in our community who have yet to share in its prosperity.
The Workforce Development hopes to achieve these goals through a number of key actions:
Partnering with community stakeholders to conduct research and surveys on employee transportation, compensation and ‘climate & culture’ in the hospitality industry to give employers an edge in today’s cut-throat hiring market.
Building connections to local educational institutions to make students more aware of careers in hospitality; better aligning curriculum with what students need to do in the workplace; and better connecting students to employers.
Facilitate cutting edge employment practices like Employee Resource Networks (ERN’s) and collaboratives like those in the Talent Pipeline Management program that can make employees find your open positions, without breaking the bank