What is SkillSPAN

SkillSPAN is the state action arm of National Skills Coalition. We’re the first and only national network of multi-stakeholder coalitions that develop and promote skills policies. We connect workforce experts and skills advocates across states, amplify their collective voice in state capitals, and inspire action at the federal level – all to help people get jobs that reflect their career aspirations, to help business find skilled workers, and help states build strong, inclusive economies. 

Every person in this country deserves a fair shot at achieving economic stability and success – but that’s only possible when our economy is an inclusive one.  

An inclusive economy is one where workers and businesses who are most impacted by economic shifts, as well as workers who were (and continue to be) held back by structural barriers of discrimination or lack of opportunity, are empowered to equitably participate in – and benefit from – a growing economy.  

Skills policy alone can’t correct inequities, but it must be part of the solution.

Investments in inclusive skills policy can begin to address the disproportionate impact of economic shifts on workers of color, immigrants, and workers with a high school diploma or less – and workers who sit at the intersection of those identities; the essential role of small businesses who hire locally and invest in their people; and the moral and economic imperative to dismantle structural racism within workforce education and training.

That’s why NSC and SkillSPAN fight for state skills policies that purposefully promote equitable opportunities and outcomes for workers of color – so that all workers, businesses, and the economy can thrive.

NSC supports SkillSPAN through:

  • Cross State learning opportunities on various policy and coalition-building topics, including at our annual Skills in the States Forum;
  • Policy development & analysis including feedback on draft legislation or policy proposals; memos, fact sheets, or short briefs on various policies; and strategic connections to NSC technical assistance projects;
  • Coalition building help, including network mapping; strategic connections with other NSC initiatives and partners, facilitating coalition meetings and guidance on coalition structure;
  • Policy Academies that provide time-limited opportunities for state teams to work together and learn from other states to advance a particular policy (e.g., Supportive Services Academy)