Workforce Development Roundup: Resources on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Posted February 10, 2021, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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Organizations and institutions that support workforce development efforts must use practices that foster diversity, equity and inclusion to expand opportunities for people who have historically faced barriers gaining well-paying jobs — particularly people of color.

The legacy of past racist practices and policies, such as occupational segregation and limited supports for agricultural and domestic workers, continue to have effects that block career and educational opportunities for many people of color — including Black, Latino and Indigenous people, who are far less likely than white peers to have jobs that pay wages that can support an individual or family. The economic turmoil stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities that contribute to these disparities.

Below are resources, produced or funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, that provide key tips, tools and recommendations for the workforce development field on promoting racial equity and serving people of color.

A Racial Equity Framework for Workforce Development Funders

By Workforce Matters

This publication identifies how organizations that fund workforce development efforts can influence changes in the field that reduce barriers to career and educational opportunities for people of color and help eliminate policies and practices that perpetuate systemic racism. The report includes recommendations around investments that can help foster racial equity, including reforms to broad workforce and employer systems and approaches that create obstacles for people of color.

Equity in Youth Apprenticeship Programs

By the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) as part of the Casey-funded Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA)

This publication offers recommendations and tools to help guide apprenticeship programs in expanding access to services for people in marginalized communities, including those of color; fostering belonging for people of various backgrounds; and acknowledging people’s diverse contributions to classroom learning and the workplace.

Supporting Literacy and Numeracy Skills Among Out-of-School Youth

By the Urban Institute

This report explores how workforce and educational organizations can help improve the reading and math skills of youth and young adults who have faced barriers to completing school or have been left behind in classroom learning. Disproportionally, these youth are from communities of color or low-income backgrounds, says the report, which is based on a literature review and interviews with 12 groups that connect young people to employment and learning opportunities.

Building a More Inclusive Talent Marketplace and TPM Resource Guide

By the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The TPM Resource Guide is aimed at Chambers of Commerce seeking to implement a strategy for developing talent. It offers recommendations for fostering closer working relationships between employers and organizations serving communities that have historically faced obstacles entering the workforce, including people of color.

Building a More Inclusive Talent Marketplace breaks down how various workforce stakeholders can use resources and technology — including Chamber tools, such as those created for its T3 Innovation Network and Job Data Exchange — to help unemployed and under-employed people more easily find job opportunities and communicate their experiences and qualifications to employers.

Implementing an Executive Skills Approach

By New Moms

This package of resources includes a case study, tool kit and video about the nonprofit New Moms’ efforts to incorporate executive-skills building into its programs that help young mothers — who are primarily women of color — in the Chicago area gain job skills, support a family and find quality housing. Executive skills are the cognitive abilities needed to set goals, develop plans and follow through on them, the report says.

A Closer Look at Generation Work

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

This blog series details the Casey Foundation’s Generation Work initiative and its progress in positioning young people — especially individuals of color and those from low-income communities — for workplace success. Each post focuses on one of the five Generation Work sites: Hartford, Indianapolis, Northeast Ohio, Philadelphia and Seattle.

Resources to Help Young Workers Through the Economic Crisis

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

This blog post shares resources for helping young people, especially those of color, through the economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the Casey Foundation’s Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide

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