Workforce Mid-South leads the way in connecting job seekers and employers, providing skills training and work opportunities for youth and adults, analyzing and sharing data to educate the public on workforce needs, and aligning community partners around workforce initiatives to help make Greater Memphis a place of economic opportunity for all.
Workforce Mid-South, either directly or through contracted service providers, offers an array of services to support residents and businesses in Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton Counties in West Tennessee. Whether you are a job seeker, young adult, or a business or community partner, Workforce Mid-South connects customers to assistance to be actively engaged in the local workforce.
Through programs and partnerships with service providers across the county, Workforce Mid-South ensures that job seekers have access to opportunities and have the skills employers need. Workforce Mid-South oversees the American Job Centers and Career Leap Youth and Career LAUNCH Young Adult programs.
At Workforce Mid-South, we believe individuals and communities prosper when residents have access to gainful employment and businesses have access to a skilled workforce; that way, the people who live or work in our region have the opportunity to thrive. This is also in accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This legislation was signed into law in 2014 to help Americans of all ages and skill sets find high-quality jobs and develop long-term careers. It also assists employers in hiring and retaining skilled workers.
By closing the gap between what local employers need and the skills workers have, we can provide direction and leadership to the Mid-South.
Our MISSION is to be the leading vehicle for regional unification, coordination, integration and alignment of workforce activities, resources and initiatives to support economic sustainability, improve education systems and develop and retain a quality labor force in the Mid-South region.
Our VISION is to be recognized as the premiere agency for workforce development strategies and activities and to build the capacity of the workforce system through systematic change, integration of resources and continuous improvement in the Mid-South.
Bring together policy makers, business, organized labor, government agencies, education entities, economic development agencies and the public to better understand workforce needs and to identify solutions.
Develop and implement comprehensive regional strategies to meet the education and job training needs of the workforce.
Oversee American Job Center® locations located throughout the Greater Memphis Region to provide a variety of services to employers and individuals seeking employment opportunities.
Collect and analyze labor market information to identify employment trends, skills gaps and education and training needs and disseminate the information to policy makers, educators, private industry businesses, American Job Center® partners and job seekers.
Strengthen alliances with economic development to identify and address the workforce needs of current and future industries and promote the availability of qualified workers within the counties we serve.
Ensure that youth have access to opportunities in education, career exploration and meaningful work experiences.
Promote strategies to improve education levels and basic workplace skills needed to meet the needs of companies and improve their competitiveness in today’s marketplace.
Support strategies that encourage life-long learning and continuous improvement of workplace skills.
Advocate for the importance of workforce policy and provide perspective about the need for a skilled workforce.
EDA has selected a Workforce Mid-South led collaborative for a $21.5 million investment to create rapid credentialing opportunities in TN, MS and AR.