Alliance Partners to Increase Employment Opportunities for Communities

To help Alliance for Strong Families and Communities members accelerate their workforce development programming and provide employment opportunities to people in their communities, the Alliance has formed a partnership and launched a pilot project with QuestMark, a division of Centimark Corporation. For the pilot project, the Alliance will match strong member organizations with local QuestMark offices in targeted markets to develop local partnerships and build employment pipelines for community members seeking meaningful career opportunities.

The Alliance, members, and QuestMark seek to aggregate knowledge and best practices around workforce development programming, develop insight and lessons learn from the local partnerships, and break down barriers in traditional hiring and retention practices.

QuestMark is a leading provider of polished concrete, epoxy, urethane, and hard surface floor systems to the industrial, commercial, and retail markets. The company is forward-leaning, family-oriented, and employee-owned, with over 650 employees working in 21 offices across North America. The company offers a competitive benefits package and takes pride in the career growth opportunities they provide.

“At QuestMark, we are working on innovations and approaches to ensure employment opportunities are accessible to people and that the company itself serves as a pipeline for entry, advancement, and economic mobility,” says Rose Watts, manager of recruitment and personnel at QuestMark. “Partnering with an organization like the Alliance that has a national presence with a local reach, allows us to do just that. We are able to connect directly to the communities in which we already live and work to reach a common goal.”

In the local relationships, the Alliance members have established workforce development programming with wraparound support, so that the employment opportunities through QuestMark complement the existing program infrastructure. QuestMark’s commitment to philanthropy and to breaking down barriers through its hiring practices has led to the creation of a pilot project with Alliance member organizations in five cities:

  • Auberle in Pittsburgh
  • Martha O'Bryan Center in Nashville Tennessee
  • BakerRipley in Houston
  • Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago
  • EMERGE Community Development in Minneapolis

The Alliance, QuestMark, and piloting members will work together to identify solutions and opportunities to successfully expand the program to additional communities.

To learn more or to express interest in partnering with a local QuestMark office, contact Teri Carnevale, senior associate, or Peter Metzger, project manager at the Alliance.

Date Posted: 
Mon, 17 Apr 2017

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