Connecting People to Jobs

Neighborhood Workforce Pipelines

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 4, 2007


This report summarizes lessons learned from successful workforce pipelines catalyzed by the Casey Foundation’s Making Connections initiative. It gives a detailed overview of how neighborhood-focused job pipelines can recruit, prepare, place and retain residents in well-paying jobs through mutually beneficial partnerships with employers, workforce agencies, community colleges, community-based organizations and other partners. It offers ample guidance on how this approach can overcome  historic disconnects between employers and residents in low-income neighborhoods:  transportation barriers, race-based hiring preferences and lack of access to informal but critical job referral networks. 

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

Building an Employment Continuum from a Pipeline

The job pipeline process can be organized to build a continuum of outreach from recruitment thru retention at the neighborhood level. By strategically deploying a range of partners throughout the continuum the pipeline can serve neighborhoods on a larger scale than any single agency or partner could.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations