Workforce Strategies Initiative

Through the Workforce Strategies Initiative we evaluate and document a growing strategy among employment and training programs that takes an industry-specific or “sectoral” approach to developing the workforce. This approach differs from traditional models, in that programs seek to develop a keen understanding of business needs and community dynamics, identify a set of industry-specific job opportunities, create tailored services for their predominately low-income constituency, and more effectively prepare workers to succeed in the workplace. Our current emphasis is on broadening use of the strategy across various institutional, geographic and industrial settings and to develop tools to support effective practice. For more information, visit

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