KEY ISSUES

Workforce Development

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.

RESEARCH


50-State Comparisons

How all states approach workforce development policies.

REPORT


Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on workforce development.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for workforce development.

Researchers project that 85% of the jobs that will comprise the workforce in 2030 don’t currently exist today.

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.

In this series we examine current research and state examples of work-based learning in practice.

In this series, we examine the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, a reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

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State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on workforce development.

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