Workforce Solutions

CEI has been involved in workforce development since 1977. Our fundamental goal is to establish positive employment outcomes by linking CEI’s lending and investments to the employment needs of economically disadvantaged job seekers.

CEI’s approach to workforce development is recognized nationally for its creative models and impact for creating economic opportunity for people with low incomes and those at risk of poverty. The Workforce Solutions team is actively engaged in federal and state policy and advocacy coalitions that strive to inform and shape public policies that benefit job seekers, workers and businesses.

CEI’s model to increase economic self-sufficiency involves four strategies:

  • Employment Training Agreements (ETAGs):This “social compact” is between job-generating financed businesses and CEI to target newly created jobs for low-income individuals.
  • Intermediary Role:Builds and sustains partnerships that help both businesses and employees identify, navigate and access sector programs, services and funding sources.
  • Broker:Conducts assessments and develops service strategies for businesses; facilitates relationships and brokers services with public, educational, and community organizations that help support business growth, training, and career advancement of their workforce.
  • Innovative Projects:Develops and administers workforce projects that yield best practices. Workforce Solutions is also involved with Industry Sector Initiatives and industry-focused approaches to workforce and economic development.


For more information about assistance offered by CEI’s Workforce Solutions program, contact Christa Baade at 207-504-5855