Developed as part of the Workforce Narrative Project, this report explores the business community's unique interest in workforce development. The author presents why employers and policymakers should take a vested interest in workforce development opportunities, and how employer involvement with the workforce system could become more active and effective.

March 1, 2007

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Reasons for the business community's interest in workforce development.

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    How new technological advances are "skill-biased,” reducing employer demand for less-skilled workers.

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    How globalization and international trade have raised competitive pressures on businesses.

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    Factors that affect a company’s willingness to invest its own resources in training.

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    Factors that affect whether the business community invests political capital on behalf of the public workforce system.

Key Takeaway

A Strong Workforce Development System Benefits Employers…and the Nation

It is in our collective best interest to encourage businesses to pursue profits through strategies that build on their employees' higher skills, productivity and earnings – achieved by a quality public workforce system. 

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