This article by the Casey Foundation's Family Economic Success initiative, describes how communities can create successful workforce initiatives based on lessons and findings from the Foundation's Jobs Initiative (JI). The need for a more integrated, wholistic approach to cultivating the skills of those who lack vital job opportunities is more important today than ever before.

July 1, 2004

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The need for workforce support programs.

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    How current approaches are proving to be ineffective.

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    The evolution of workforce development.

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    Lessons learned from the Casey Foundation's Jobs Initiative.

Key Takeaway

Workforce Training no longer meets the needs of today's employers or job seekers

The emerging development of “workforce development” signals the recognition that businesses and workers are both key customers. The emphasis is on long-term labor market retention, career advancement and family self-sufficiency, not just on job-placement. 

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