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ROI-focused partnerships
with educators

Join the Talent Partnership and tap into local talent pipelines.

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The Partnership is investing in strategic alliances and talent development to diversify Gaston's traditional industries and scale businesses.

Smart Manufacturing


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Is your business a good fit?

My business is a good fit if I ...

  • need to produce a skilled workforce in two years or less

  • need to produce a skilled workforce, but require additional training and development with longer lead times

  • need to build upskill pathways for front-line, existing workers

  • need a structured process for setting and reaching diversity, equity, and inclusion goals for my workforce

My business is NOT a good fit if I ...

  • have a short-term workforce need that requires a short-term solution

  • need available talent today that does not require any additional education, training, or credentialing before or after initial hiring

  • want to improve enhance only one aspect or part of how I partner with educators

  • want to better understand labor market trends or leverage data for strategic planning, but not for action


The Talent Partnership of Gaston County builds and manages talent pipelines for critical industry needs in Gaston County, NC.

The Talent Partnership's mission is two-fold: 

  1. Increase the quality and quantity of critical talent for Gaston County's industries by partnering with key education & workforce entities

  2. Directly connect that talent to Gaston County's employers-of-choice

To achieve this objective at scale, the Partnership has worked with private sector, public sector, education, and grantmaking partners to create an innovative model crafted to better align education systems around producing in-demand talent outcomes.

We are educators' boots-on-the-ground support. In strong partnership with schools, we deploy industry-focused resources to access, recruit, prepare, and place talent from education networks with local employers.

Employers form Industry Partnership

Industry Partnership determines shared need and then works with educators to align & build talent pipelines

Industry Partnership hires representatives to access, recruit, prepare, and place talent from education networks with employers of choice in Industry Partnership.

Talent outcomes are fast-tracked for Industry Partnership. Firms pay for results they get.


With a boots-on-the-ground presence in schools, Partnership staff work for you & your industry.


Talent Partnership Model

We proactively:

  • Market your business & industry to target populations
  • Recruit learners into industry-specific education programs

  • Deliver best-in-class hard & soft skills training

  • Connect learners directly with partnering employers for internships and apprenticeships

  • Remove barriers that impede student success

  • Serve as school's boots-on-the-ground partners to improve program enrollment, retention and completion rates

  • Place program graduates into direct hire positions for partnering employers

  • Track graduate success & experiences with firms



People operation and firm leaders are granted priority access to talent for hiring events, career awareness activities, co-teaching opportunities, plant tours, and more.


In a Meeting

Start discovery process

We work with your operational and people leaders to determine if we're good fits for each other. If we are, the discovery process culminates in a service agreement and intake call with the Talent Partnership team.

Join your industry collaborative

To propose and implement talent solutions at scale, the Partnership needs to be able to communicate industry needs with educators. Joining your peers at the table enables us to truly act on your behalf.

  • Agreeing on critical job focuses

  • Projecting critical job demand

  • Aligning talent pipelines & education programs around job requirements

  • Analyzing current talent supply and education network capacity to service demand

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Get onboarded with educators & Partnership staff

We go into full concierge mode to position your firm for seamless engagement with students & educators.

  • Opening up internship and apprenticeship pathways in your firm

  • Granting Partnership team access to HR staff & data

  • Collecting info for employer branding & marketing

  • Plugging your firm directly into talent pipelines


After onboarding, the engagement engine is set into motion. With the innovative Partnership model, your firm benefits uniquely by:

  • Tapping into a pool of new talent

  • Gaining priority access to talent in education networks

  • Paying for the outcomes we generate for you

  • Streamlining your workforce & education partnerships

  • Busting silos between educators, workforce partners, and industry

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