This podcast highlights the many employment and training opportunities that exist in the Buffalo, NY region and how both job seekers and employers can tap into the many available local resources. 

Covid-19 has dramatically impacted the workforce landscape in Erie County. Listeners will have an opportunity to hear and learn directly from employers and training professionals how to tap into today’s job market. They will also gain a better understanding of what drives our local economy and what we, as a community, can look forward to in the future. Local and national workforce professionals will also be featured. Learn where industry is hiring and how to access training in a demand occupation. Employers will learn how to tap into the many available workforce training programs and resources geared to growing a business.

E06: The Buffalo Employment Training Center - Connecting Job Seekers to In-Demand Careers

Demone Smith, Executive Director of the Buffalo Employment Training Center, joins the program to discuss the services that the Center provides. Discover how to support young people who may not be a good fit for traditional education, and how to connect individuals in in-demand jobs. You’ll hear examples of well-paying careers that don’t require a 4-year degree, and how to use technology to communicate and work with job seekers.

E05: Business Services Division: Adapting and Innovating for a Rapidly Changing Economy 

Join host Spencer Murray as he sits down for a conversation with Jessica Corrigan, Business Services Manager for Workforce Buffalo. Jessica reveals the variety of ways in which the Business Services Division can support area businesses and how they have adapted and innovated to meet employers’ needs

E04: SUNY Erie Career Centers

In this episode host Spencer Murray is joined by Denise Raymond-DiBlasi, Dean of Employment & Training Services at the SUNY Erie Career Centers. Discover the services available at the SUNY Erie Career Centers and how to access services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Denise also offers advice and resources for job seekers who may be facing challenges or feel stuck in their job search.

E03: Tech Innovation in Buffalo

In this episode, host Spencer Murray is joined by Sam Marrazzo, Chief Information Officer at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Sam discusses how he helps to foster innovation and growth, and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on his work. Discover the growing importance of technology for all businesses and what job seekers need to break into the IT field in Buffalo.

E02: The Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG)- Training for High-Demand Healthcare Occupations

In this episode, host Spencer Murray is joined by Mark Cosgrove, Senior Planner and Project Director for the HPOG program, and Liz Rivera, Marketing and Recruitment Specialist for the HPOG program. Discover the eligibility requirements for the grant, hear success stories, and discover the range of support that is available for participants. 

E01: Welcome to Workforce Buffalo Career Connections

In this introductory episode, you'll hear from host and Buffalo and Erie County WIB member Spencer Murray as he discusses the "who, what, where, when, and why" of the podcast. Spencer shares a bit about his background and how he to connect with the workforce system and reveals some of the guests you can expect to hear from in upcoming episodes!