Joblessness and insufficient family income have devastating consequences. The Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative helped workers keep their jobs longer through its workforce strategies. This brochure describes the 10 key components of implementing a successful workforce initiative – from establishing neighborhood connections and partnerships with workforce intermediaries to ensuring cultural competence and providing career management services. 

October 27, 2004

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    A summary of the Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative.

  2. 2

    The 10 key components of successful workforce initiatives.

  3. 3

    Descriptions of specific workforce initiatives from San Francisco to New Orleans.

  4. 4

    How Seattle’s Jobs Initiative became an independent nonprofit.

  1. 5

    How to partner with employers and residents to train and support low-income, low-skilled workers.

  2. 6

    How to meet the needs of growth industries by upgrading workers’ skills.

  3. 7

    How to launch literacy and job training initiatives across industries.

  4. 8

    Methods for developing case management standards to help meet job retention goals.

Key Takeaway

Promoting Workforce Development

To implement large-scale workforce initiatives, communities must assess existing programs, partnerships and other supports. From there, workforce development strategies based on employer needs, the regional economy and the skill levels of its job seekers can be developed.

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