Creating Change

Pushing Workforce Systems to Help Participants Achieve Economic Stability and Mobility

Posted July 2, 2002
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This report explores a few examples of workforce development strategies and systems reforms implemented as part of the Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative. Through case studies from Seattle to New Orleans, the report illustrates workforce programs, partnerships and policies that are working, and how to navigate some common challenges in pushing for reform. 

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Reforming Workforce Policies and Programs

Existing workforce policies too often emphasize short-term job placement without regard for workers’ training, advancement and long-term employability. A lack of resources and inadequate collaboration among businesses and community-based organizations form the basis of job seekers’ barriers to success. Establishing ties among business, labor and community-based providers can raise job quality, create training opportunities and ensure long-term success for workers.