office # (816) 437-9687 (816) 433-4682
office # (816) 437-9687 (816) 433-4682
Strategic Workforce Development Inc is a 501(C) 3 Non-Profit Vocational Education, Job Development, and a Workforce Institution.
Strategic Workforce Development Inc. was established in August 2018 and is one of Kansas City’s fastest-growing nonprofit workforce development organizations. Our team of highly motivated, seasoned professionals is ready to expeditiously “fast track”, manage and exceed standards. Our programming responsibly addresses systemic, long-term inequity, and provides a bridge to diversity and economic growth in the Kansas City area.
SWD as a workforce development organization provides career coaching, vocational education, recruitment, and employment placement services. Our beneficiaries are justice-involved adults, discouraged worker populations, and mid-level workers in the Greater Kansas City area. SWD provides training in skilled career trades and jobs in seven sectors of employment with a focus on financial stability, job shadowing, and on-the-job training. SWD has job development professionals who apply a holistic approach to help discouraged and mid-level workers find work, with an in-depth understanding of their client’s lifestyle, career goals, and employment approach. SWD's vision of "where opportunity meets potential," is about identifying talent and skills for area employers and creating a pool of skilled and successful workers from burgeoning, stagnated, often overlooked populations.
The pre-apprenticeship program Build It KC or On The Job Training builds off of SWD’s relationships with over 150 corporations, civic, social agencies, and Allied Trades, throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, and provides applicants to meet the needs of local businesses—leading to long-term retention. Moreover, our business strategy is to develop and enhance much-needed long-term reinvestment in the core areas of Kansas City, Missouri.
In full view of these accomplishments, SWD Inc. has recruited and employed executive-level staff to increase and improve our ability to meet tomorrow's challenges with a sustainable business strategy long term.
SWD offers Vocational Training Certifications and Soft Skill certifications
SWD supports Fair Hiring Practices
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT
We take the broadest possible view of diversity. We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are. We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and make progress toward the employment and financial stability of every person in every community. We believe that each client, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving the community challenges we work to address at Strategic Workforce Development Inc. We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work. We commit to using these practices for our organization and the communities which we serve.
"A community that sees so clearly its own disadvantage or its own hardships also has a harder time seeing its potential: its ability to work together to change the community and change their lives "- Matthew Desmond
Economically Backward Areas Served: Our mission is to provide long-term strategies for skills training and workforce development programming to ensure diversification and attract business partnerships, investments, and community-wide collaboration, leading to sustained economic recovery and growth. The Kansas City urban core has extremely high poverty and unemployment, with 25% of households with income below the federal poverty level for urban core ZIP code areas (2018 American Community Survey 5-year estimates). The impact of coronavirus has only deepened the divide.
· The urban core of Kansas City, MO faces an unemployment rate of 28%. The collateral consequences on the “inner city” indicate 38 census tracts with an unemployment rate over 10%, and 8 census tracts with unemployment over 15% (2014-2018 American Community Survey, 5-year Estimates).
· Median household income in urban core East ZIP code areas Troost corridor ($38,356) is less than half of the national median household income. In Jackson County, surrounding Kansas City, MO, unemployment insurance claims increased by over 1,600% from February to March of 2020. Before the onset of the crisis, an annual average of ninety-nine thousand Missourians was officially unemployed.
Strategic Workforce Development Inc. is currently operating and has had successful initiatives in the core areas referenced. Our ability to attract and maintain collaborative business and civic partners throughout the Kansas City community predicts and invites new growth opportunities that will combat the economic and social disaster of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure, healthy, long-term growth of our city’s businesses and the wider community.
SWD Job Fair 2019
Sponsored by State Rep Brandon Ellington
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