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On January 16, NSC, in partnership with the National Governors Association and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, released the new report State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers.
This report offers a snapshot of sector strategies today, an overview of what makes them different from traditional workforce and economic development programs and a description of actions that state administrators and policymakers can take as part of a policy framework to support the strategies’ creation and effective operation.
Sector strategies are one of the few workforce interventions with statistical evidence showing improvements in employment opportunities for workers and increases in their wages. Amidst the challenges of the slowly recovering national economy, these strategies can do the following:
More than half of U.S. states are exploring or implementing sector strategies. Their efforts, combined with those of their local and regional partners, have created over one thousand sector partnerships across the country that funnel a pipeline of workers to well-paying jobs that would otherwise go unfilled.
Based on more than a decade of knowledge gained, lessons learned, and evidence that sector strategies work, it is clear that they will continue to grow and evolve, especially in states and localities that have already adopted the approach. States are finding sector strategies key to addressing skills gaps, engaging directly with industry and streamlining state programs and resources.
Check out the full report to learn more about the development of state policies and programs to support sector strategies in your state.