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States Should Adopt this Approach to Job Training to Get People Back to Work, Strengthen Economy
Today, National Skills Coalition in partnership with the National Governors Association and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, released a new report, State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers, offering an overview of what makes sector strategies different from traditional workforce and economic development programs and actions that state administrators and policymakers can take to support them.
“Sector strategies engage diverse stakeholders in the community to offer workforce interventions that provide workers with skills needed by local employers,” said Eric Seleznow, state policy director for National Skills Coalition. “Not only can these strategies improve the local economy, but they can also lead to better wages, increased productivity, and greater job stability for workers. Despite the slow recovery and difficult budget decisions faced by many state policymakers, investments in sector strategies are one way for states to improve their economies and get people back to work.”
Sector strategies are one of the few workforce interventions with statistical evidence showing improved employment opportunities and wages for workers. These strategies do this by:
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.