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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 to an individual’s long-term earning potential. Recognizing that traditional training and job-placement programs may not address today’s complex work-force challenges, a wide variety of local organizations are coming together to form sector-based workforce partnerships. These collaborations engage employers and training providers to address both workforce needs of employers in specific sectors and the training, employment, and career advancement needs of workers and jobseekers. This report provides an overview of sector-based workforce partnerships and their value to communities, and makes suggestions for growing and sustaining these partnerships.
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 new and innovative partnerships among employers, community colleges, and community organizations that expand access to higher education for immigrants. Upon examining these partnerships, with a focus on the Hispanic immigrant adult population, this report outlines emerging lessons about successful partnerships and the recommendations for the field.
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 workers attain the skills necessary to qualify for the jobs that are available. In Metro Detroit, these on-ramps consist primarily of organizations providing foundational skills, general work-readiness services, and work-readiness training programs. Specifically, this report discusses the benefits of on-ramps, problems with accessing on-ramps, and how occupational training programs prepare people for jobs within the healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and transportation industries.