The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals has designated May as National Workforce Development Professionals Month. On their site you can find a discussion paper explaining who workforce development professionals are and what they do. There's also a a draft resolution that they are encouraging local governments and officials to adopt. Here's a sampling of their list of 25 key functions that workforce development professionals are engaged in:
- Research and analysis of labor markets and economic information;
- Public policy issue management for local and regional communities;
- Building partnerships with industries, industry groups and key industry clusters or sectors to build or increase competitive advantage;
- Training and skill development for both "hard" (occupation specific) and "soft" (job survival) skills; and
- Assessment of the skill development needs of incumbent workforces and identifying competitiveness gaps and training services to bridge them.