Improving national and community assets to foster equitable growth.

Federal City Council launched its’ Employers for Equity Initiative in fall 2020 as a way to address the significant racial inequities in our community. By leveraging the network of our members, our vision is to build and strengthen the local and multi-racial talent pipelines for employers in the DC region. We are supporting and developing several project activities that provide more DC residents access to the substantial employment opportunity offered in the DC region as we work to create a more inclusive economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initiatives

Hire Local DC Coalition. The Hire Local DC Coalition consists of employers and employer organizations working together to ensure that DC residents obtain the countless good jobs available in the District. We know that there is an abundance of good jobs in the Washington, DC region, however, DC residents do not fill nearly enough of them. Several organizations are working to address this DC paradox, however their efforts are uncoordinated and they consistently face significant challenges in finding a solution to this complex and multi-faceted issue.

In partnership with the DC Chamber of Commerce, we established the Hire Local DC Coalition which helps create a talent pipeline by convening employers in the Federal City Council network and understanding the barriers employers face in hiring DC residents. Since its launch in March 2021, the Hire Local DC Coalition recruited 14 organizational partners to address the DC paradox in three key practices:

 

  1. Through direct tactical engagement at the industry level, Hire Local DC advances solutions to overcome hiring challenges through partnerships with high quality resources and uniting on policy goals.
  2. The creation of an ongoing communications campaign that features highlights successful apprenticeship, work-based learning, and local hiring efforts.
  3. Long-term systems change through partnerships between employers and post-secondary institutions and the implementation of practices that lead to career success like work-based learning and apprenticeships.

CareerWise DC. In collaboration with the Federal City Council, CityWorks DC launched CareerWise DC, a citywide, intensive, three-year youth apprenticeship program for D.C. high schoolers in high-wage, in-demand occupations. This fall, several businesses employed apprentices in Information Technology, Finance, and Business Operations. The Federal City Council continues to be an active participant in CareerWise DC as both an apprentice employer and a champion with other employers to grow apprenticeship opportunities. If you’re interested in learning more about youth apprenticeships please email careerwiseapprentices@citybridge.org.

Greater Washington Apprentice Network. Last spring, the Federal City Council joined Accenture and Aon to launch the Greater Washington Apprentice Network (GWAN). Originally modeled after the Chicago Apprentice Network, GWAN is an employer-led system of companies working together to develop and strengthen apprenticeship programs throughout Washington, DC. The goal of the Apprentice Network is to elevate companies’ existing apprenticeship programs and become a source of support for organizations looking at the apprenticeship model seeking to address future talent needs. It offers its employer members access to a network of other employers working to hire local talent.

The Apprentice Network advances Federal City Council’s work to develop a pipeline of local and multi-racial talent to fill the region’s good jobs. Our hope is that for employers across the Washington, DC region, providing work-based learning opportunities becomes the norm.

Digital Connectivity

The persistent inequality of technology access in our region has been exacerbated but the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to technology remains a critical need for workforce preparedness. The Federal City Council works closely with Connected DMV and OCTO’s Tech Together Initiative to alleviate this digital divide and develop long-term, sustainable, systems change to improve technology access in the District.

Learn More About Employers for Equity

More information is available about Employers for Equity in our FC2 newsletters and Catalyst magazines.