Abundant Talent​

Dynamic businesses need abundant talent to grow.

Our focus is work-based learning for in-demand jobs—both for today and into the future. We work with partners to:

  • Increase degree and certificate program enrollments and completions in growth sectors.
  • Expand internships, apprenticeships, and co-ops–and support for participants–through industry-led partnerships with educational institutions and training providers.
  • Broaden career awareness among high school students through exposure and placement programs that build pathways to employment.

Industry-Led Partnerships

Sector partnerships are dynamic collaborations of employers, universities, and workforce providers in which employer-led strategies develop and connect talent to jobs and career pathways. Through these efforts, we are working to meet in-demand industry needs and supporting inclusive talent development and advancement for sustainable career paths. Partnerships have been launched in the Manufacturing, Information Technology, Healthcare, and Construction sectors.

Work-Based Learning

Internships, apprenticeships, and other experiential learning opportunities benefit both students and employers and help the region develop and retain talent from colleges and universities. Internships and Co-ps augment classroom learning with experience in a professional setting. Apprenticeships are skills-based training programs that create diverse talent pipelines for employers while providing opportunities for individuals to attain a post-secondary credential with a career track.

Career Exposure

GCP supports college and career readiness for students through public-private partnerships among schools and employers. Initiatives include serving as an anchor organization for Cleveland’s PACE program and engaging businesses through ProCorps which provides career exposure, True2U, which provides eighth-graders support to explore their strengths, and Academies of Cleveland, which focuses on career pathways that drive economic growth.


RITE – IT Workforce Alliance

RITEthe leading industry-driven IT workforce alliance in Greater Cleveland and the tech talent arm of GCP, is dedicated to building a diverse and skilled talent pipeline for in-demand IT careers. RITE accelerates the development of a quality talent pipeline by mobilizing employers, optimizing regional efforts, and delivering programming. To date, RITE has engaged more than 130 regional employers, 46 strategic alliances and program partners that include eight institutions of higher education, and over 209 high schools – impacting 9,200 students across the region.

GCP Talent Hub

The GCP Talent Hub is a resource where regional employers can find resources to solve critical talent shortages, including workforce providers, curriculum resources, and best practices for companies.

Recent News

Northeast Ohio higher education institutions form alliance to encourage degree completion by addressing stranded credits

Apprenti, an inclusive tech apprenticeship program, is coming to Cleveland via a partnership with GCP

IT and Manufacturing industry sector partnerships, led by GCP and partners, receive State of Ohio grants to expand workforce development efforts

The Planning and Career Exploration (PACE) initiative for students in grades 6-12 launched in the Cleveland Municipal School District with the support of GCP and many partner organizations; after piloting, the plans are to expand efforts across the region