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.

January 1, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    An overview of national policy on workforce education and training.

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    The United States' position in the new global economy.

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    Labor market imbalance...shortage or surplus?

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    How to address the inequality of family income and the decline in wages for many workers.

Key Takeaway

A Rationale for Investment in Workforce Development

Without a strong foundation to support investment in workforce development, proposals for new or more effective approaches are largely ignored. As such, a relevant narrative for investing in workforce development is needed. 

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