Creating innovative solutions for moving entry-level workers into good middle-skill jobs and ensuring employers have a pipeline of skilled and ready-to-work employees.

The Middle Skill Opportunity

The demand for middle skill jobs is strong. These jobs require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree.

42,000 job openings projected each year for the next 5 years 1

Median hourly wage of middle-skill jobs, 35% higher than the region's living wage of $18.08

1 EMSI proprietary analysis of middle-skill opportunities in the DFW region. From the New Skills at Work report, Strengthening Dallas-Fort Worth, produced by JPMorgan Chase.

The Opportunity Gap

Too many DFW residents lack basic and technical skills required by middle-skill jobs. These challenges tend to disproportionately affect African American and Hispanic residents, who represent a large and growing pool of potential middle skill workers

Poverty rate for black residents in Dallas, compared to 10% for white residents 2

Percentage of non-white Hispanics without a high school degree, compared to 15% of white residents

2 U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, averages for 2011-2013. DFW MSA region. From the New Skills at Work report, Strengthening Dallas-Fort Worth, produced by JPMorgan Chase.

 

Pathways to Work has three main objectives to move workers up career ladders and into good jobs in growing industries:

Convene

Convene thought leaders to develop innovative training strategies that move entry-level workers onto middle-skill career paths.

Invest

Invest resources that help workers build basic and technical skills and wrap-around support so they can secure and retain middle-skill jobs.

Build

Build capacity of funders, employers, and community workforce programs that results in more workers being able to meet their employment and education goals.

See how Pathways to Work is creating impact in North Texas.