TalentNEO is based on an approach first introduced by nonprofit, Innovate + Educate in New Mexico. The goal of TalentNEO is to demonstrate the value of a skills based approach to attracting, screening, and hiring qualified candidates. By creating a common language of skills between employers and job candidates, TalentNEO will change how hiring is done across Northeast Ohio.
TalentNEO is coordinated by Towards Employment, a Cleveland based nonprofit organization.
As a demand led initiative, TalentNEO being piloted in three industries: IT, manufacturing, and healthcare. To connect with employers, TalentNEO industry partners include:
MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, is a nonprofit organization that supports, educates, and champions manufacturing in Northeast Ohio with the goal of transforming the Northeast Ohio’s economy into a power, global player.
The RITE Board is an award-winning model of an industry-led collaborative focused on talent development initiatives in Northeast Ohio. Through collaboration between senior I.T. executives, educational leaders, and industry organizations, the RITE Board is committed to closing the Information Technologies skills gap in the region.
TalentNEO is a broad regional collaboration with multiple levels of partners working together to address industry needs by connecting job seekers with employers based on matching skills scores. Partners supporting the efforts of jobseekers include:
OhioMeansJobs.com is the state’s career and employment website that lists tens of thousands of job openings and provides resources to help employers and job seekers. Ohio employers are able to access millions of resumes, post job openings for free and utilize Ohio-specific information on everything from wage trends to state incentives for providing job training. Job seekers can access information, tips and tools that can assist with writing a resume, explore careers, and learn about training and apprenticeship opportunities.
Towards Employment is a non-profit organization that has assisted over 100,000 disadvantaged adults in Greater Cleveland successfully transition from poverty to a paycheck. Towards Employment helps people prepare for the job, get the job, keep the job and advance in their careers and partners with local employers to meet their needs.
Project Learn of Summit County helps adults reach their goals of self-sufficiency, independence and job retention through free literacy and workforce development programs. With over 35 years of experience, Project Learn has provided hope and opportunities for over 22, 000 Summit County residents who cannot read and are in need of basic adult education services.
The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland works to advance literacy by raising awareness of the issue, promoting effective public advocacy, and fostering a delivery system with maximum impact on the region. The Literacy Cooperative’s vision is to ensure that all children and adults in Greater Cleveland will reach their highest literacy potential for employment, self-sufficiency and lifelong-learning. Our work focuses on supporting a system of high quality, interconnected and outcomes oriented service delivery, improving early literacy outcomes and defining and strengthening pathways to post-secondary education and careers.
Implementation of TalentNEO wouldn’t be possible without the support and engagement of a wide network of community based partners. Current implementing partners are listed on the assessment site and upskilling site upskilling site pages.
The Joyce Foundation helped identify Northeast Ohio as a test market for the model and provides national support for the work. To date, additional support has been provided by The Fund for Our Economic Future, Deaconess Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and JP Morgan Chase Foundation.