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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) California
Source UCLA Labor Center
Policy Areas Economic Justice
The traditional public workforce development system has struggled to serve California's most marginalized workers. Worker centers, community-based organizations created by and for BIPOC and immigrant workers in low-wage industries, provide an alternative approach to workforce development...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for American Progress
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report highlights policy mechanisms that state and local governments can use to raise wages at an industry or sectoral level and to support worker organizations. Recommendations include, but are not limited to, using wage boards to establish industry-wide pay standards, partnering...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Roosevelt Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Successful workforce training programs build worker power by both imparting new skills and reducing obstacles to finding new jobs or maintaining existing ones. This guide provides an overview of existing workforce training nonprofits and outlines best practices for developing workforce...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Economic Justice
Large numbers of workers will be displaced by automation. To minimize the suffering associated with displacement, cities can equip workers with skill sets that will be in-demand in the future and enhance individuals' ability to work in jobs with low probabilities of being automated....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) California
Source UCLA Labor Center
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Across California's Inland Empire, Black workers have the highest unemployment rates and lowest median earnings. To address this, the Inland Empire Black Worker Center implemented a pre-apprenticeship program that prioritizes the dignity of Black workers while preparing them for high...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Traditionally, employers, workers and students have used academic degrees and diplomas as a proxy for the skills and knowledge needed to perform on the job. There is growing interest in the use of competency-based credentials to complement this approach; however, the current “market”...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
The Midwest accounts for nearly one-fourth of all industrial energy usage in the U.S., including nearly half of all industrial coal consumption; however, only 10 percent of Midwestern industrial facilities are upgrading their equipment to improve productivity. In 2011 the Midwestern...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Maryland
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Maryland is taking bold steps to increase the number of workers who possess a post-secondary education credential. In particular, Skills2Compete Maryland (S2C Maryland) is a campaign aimed at increasing post-secondary success to strengthen the skills of Maryland’s workforce. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Business and education communities share an understanding of the type, level, and quantity of skills and credentials needed by the workforce. However, community colleges often struggle to engage employers effectively. This report outlines strategies community colleges can take to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Education
Nearly half of working age Detroiters do not have the essential foundational skills necessary to get a job or succeed in a career. At the same time, the need for strong foundational skills is growing. Detroit’s emerging economic comeback means that the number of jobs is growing, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of America's population, though many lack the necessary skills and education to meet the demands of industry and earn family sustaining wages. This report provides recommendations that can be taken in order to bridge the skills gap. These recommendations...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County, City or Town
State(s) All States, Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families
The report examines the transition of Employment Connection, a workforce-training agency in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, to a demand-facing model, resulting in a significant increase in job placements and a higher percentage of successful job exits. The transition focused on meeting...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) California
Source UCLA Labor Center
Policy Areas Economic Justice
In 2017, the California Workforce Development Board launched the High Road Training Partnership (HRTP) project to create a workforce development framework for improving skills, increasing competitiveness, and creating economic mobility. This report evaluates the HRTP and finds that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Incomes, job security, and economic growth increasingly depend on postsecondary credentials with value in the labor market. While a vast number of adults in the labor market engage in noncredit occupational education and training, without common metrics or quality assurance mechanisms,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Increased global competition has led to declines in the American manufacturing sector, requiring U.S. workers to possess stronger skills and broader competencies in order to succeed in the current job market; in particular, postsecondary education or technical training is fundamental...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
In spite of overwhelming odds, some immigrants with minimal academic credentials are finding their way to college, entering post-secondary programs and earning credentials that provide them with the skills required to get and keep good jobs. They are doing so with the assistance of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
The Detroit Regional Workforce Fund’s efforts to connect low and moderate-income persons to career pathways is inhibited by the skills gap. As a result, the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund is pursuing several key policy and capacity-building efforts focused on increasing adult educational...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Across the nation, youth employment programs introduce thousands of teens to the working world each year. Cities can improve financial outcomes for future generations of workers by directly incorporating financial capability programs into existing municipal youth employment efforts....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) High Growth and Emerging Industry Sectors grant program from 2009 to 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor funded 152 grantees across the country to train unemployed and dislocated workers in emerging and growing sectors...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Kansas
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Education
This report focuses on an association of city and county governments and metropolitan planning organizations which collaborate to identify new training needs of Kansas City area businesses attempting to adapt to sustainable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Key findings...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2006
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Education
This factsheet highlights the economic challenges facing low-income communities in Los Angeles, including poverty, a declining manufacturing industry, unemployment, increasing costs of living, and inadequate access to education and training programs. It argues that the city must act...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
Michigan’s economy is transforming to one that demands new skills, knowledge, and credentials, especially post-secondary education. However, there are fewer adults able to meet this growing need; in fact, one out of three working-age Michigan adults lacks the basic skills or credentials...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
As Detroit has been met with a surge in economic growth, closing the critical skill gaps for Detroiters and attracting jobs to the city that fit entry-level skills sets are key to achieving shared economic prosperity. This report stresses the need for well aligned on-ramps to help...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
The Detroit Economic Mobility Grant Initiative, a 10-grant Detroit pilot program operating from mid-2018 through 2020, has demonstrated that adult education and occupational training programs can work together to substantially improve learner results by accelerating instruction and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Oregon
Source City of Portland
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Energy
The Clean Energy Works Portland Pilot Project aims to deliver affordable home energy upgrades to homeowners while creating new career opportunities for residents. This community workforce agreement outlines the project's hiring goals and includes eligibility criteria for contractor...

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