The Workforce Narrative project, a two-year initiative funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, examined new ways of thinking about workforce development, and the challenges presented by lacking attention from policymakers to this critical system. As part of the project, this report provides a framework for investing in workforce development policies and programs.
A Rationale for Investment in Workforce Development
Findings & Stats
Federal Employment and Training Policy
On the one hand, the U.S. Department of Labor has moved to better connect workforce development and economic development. On the other hand, this new focus has raised questions about the historical commitment to addressing the needs of low-skilled workers and the chronically unemployed.
Workforce Development Funding
The push to link workforce and economic development has led to a desire to meet the needs of workers and businesses. But these efforts aren’t firmly established with clearly articulated goals and missions.
The new earnings measure looks at post-service average earnings. This change opens the door to serve more mid-level, incumbent workers, rather than workers with low or even no income.
Statements & Quotations
To be sure, the fast changing technological and global economic environment begs for an answer to the question: Is the U.S. committed, focused and well prepared to address the labor market challenges of today and tomorrow?
What is missing in the discussion is a broader vision and a compelling mission for the system. In the past, the Employment and Training system for all of its weaknesses was connected in the public mind to important national concerns. That is not true today.