While the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act plays a role in workforce development, state policymakers actively seek ways beyond WIOA requirements to connect education with workforce and economic development efforts in their states. To achieve this, states adopt policies to connect education, postsecondary attainment and economic development with state workforce development.
If you are new to workforce development, start with this three-part blog series, which explores board membership, duties and incentives.
We also have the following general resources that provide more state-by-state information on the issue.
Read this one-page infographic for a quick overview of Workforce Development Systems.
How all states approach workforce development policies.
Relevant context and state policy examples on workforce development.
Legislative trends and other news with implications for workforce development.
Not a day goes by that I don’t read an article or hear an anecdote about how the future of the workforce requires more postsecondary credentials. By the year 2030, the U.S. could lose $1.7 trillion in revenue because of labor shortages.
Word on the street is apprenticeships create a direct pathway to in-demand jobs by providing an on-ramp for individuals to enter the workforce while learning the skills needed to enter specific jobs and careers.
State Information Requests
Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on workforce development.