Hawai‘i’s sector partnerships are industry-led, community-supported partnerships that strengthen local economies and connect people to careers. They successfully provide:

Industry value: a venue to collaborate and strategize on shared opportunities to strengthen their sector; and a coordinated way to access education, workforce and economic development, government, and other key stakeholders all in one place.

Public sector value: opportunities for economic and workforce development, education, government, and other key stakeholders to leverage funds and efforts; collaborate and break down silos; and work with industry in a coordinated way.

Current Sector Partnerships

Other Sector Initiatives

IT Workforce Needs Analysis

The IT Workforce Needs Analysis aims to understand the current and future information technology (IT) workforce needs of Hawaii companies. It compares IT workforce supply and demand and looks at the fastest growing IT occupations, and skills and credentials that Hawai‘i employers seek. Using the insights of local employers and labor market data, the report also provides recommendations to ensure our state has a local, highly trained IT talent pipeline to support this growing sector.



Engineering Sector Kicks Off Pilot Program with DOE Schools
In February 2021, the Engineering Sector Partnership officially kicked off their pilot project with Campbell, Castle and Waipahu High Schools, which will pair industry partners to each of the three schools and will focus on bringing high-value work-based learning opportunities to DOE students. Industry members are currently being paired with their school based on interests and available offerings, and the group will reconvene in April 2021 before launching their work within schools.
Healthcare Sector to Resume Efforts post COVID-19
The Healthcare Sector Partnership reconvened in late 2020 to discuss current efforts and opportunities for community alignment regarding moving efforts forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group agreed to focus on social determinants of health including mental health awareness, homelessness efforts, and surge capacity awareness throughout Hawaii hospitals. Workgroups will be created in early 2021 to begin the sector’s redirected work.

Hawai‘i sector partnerships are supported in part through the generous support of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and the Workforce Development Council. The Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i and SMS Research are partners and conveners of Hawai‘i Sector Partnerships.

To get in touch directly, please contact:
Keala Peters EVP, Education & Workforce Development  and Executive Director, Sector Partnerships, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
Email: kpeters@cochawaii.org Phone: (808) 380-2612