Good Jobs Hawai'i Initiative


In January 2023, the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges and leaders from the state’s top business sectors launched Good Jobs Hawaiʻi. The $35-million workforce development initiative is building career pathways for up to 3,000 local residents. The 3-year program provides free skills training and job placement support for high-demand, well-paying jobs, in coordination with more than 70 employers in four high-demand industries:

  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • clean energy/skilled trades
  • creative industries.

Employers from these four sectors identify needed positions and the UH Community Colleges provide career pathways to these positions through free skills training and support. Employers statewide can join the Good Jobs Hawai‘i coalition by signing a Talent Action Pledge online as a first step.

Partners and Funders

Partners include Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi, Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office, and the Hawaiʻi Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Funding for the $35 million workforce development initiative comes from various government and philanthropic organizations including the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Department of Education, the City & County of Honolulu, Ascendium Education Group, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, and the Hawaiʻi Workforce Funders Collaborative.

Training and wraparound support costs for participants are leveraging various federal and state programs administered under the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Workforce Development Division.


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