Strengthening Workforce Policy

Applying the Lessons of the Jobs Initiative to Five Key Challenges

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

October 22, 2007

Summary

This report identifies five central problems that confront policymakers in attempting to improve workforce development programs – and how to address those problems. Based on lessons learned from the Jobs Initiative, an eight-year Casey Foundation workforce initiative launched in 1995, the report offers policy recommendations at local, state and federal levels.

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Key Takeaway

Training America's Workforce

As the global economy becomes more competitive, training America’s workforce is an increasingly urgent priority. Our workforce is substantially unprepared to meet employers' demand for skilled, well-trained workers. To meet this challenge, policymakers must ensure stronger, more effective workforce policies.

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