Workforce Development

Building Effective Employer Relations

May 1, 2004  • Linda Dworak-Muñoz

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This publication details some of the important lessons learned from the strong relationships that have developed over time between 10 sector projects and their employer partners. These partnerships are being explored as part of WSI’s Documenting Demand Side Outcomes project, which was launched in 2003 to assess the value of sectoral training programs to employers within two sectors: manufacturing and health care. This publication offers insights to those inside and outside the workforce development field who are interested in developing an employer partnership. Among the important issues described in depth in the publication are: how to select an employer partner, how to structure the relationship and which characteristics employers value most in a program partner.