For the past two weeks I've focused on sector-based initiatives here on Workforce Developments. That is, a systems-based approach to workforce development that focuses on a specific industry or cluster of industries. Sector initiatives link low-income and low-skill individuals to job opportunities in a specific industry, helping lift workers out of poverty while providing businesses with a skilled workforce. (Definition courtesy of the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative). Here, then, is a brief recap of the last two weeks.
I started with a week's worth of posts (plus a few others) about people who blog about their work in particular industries. Some workers who tend to blog:
And I found a smattering of other bloggers who blog about their work. These bloggers offer a worker's eye view of what it's like to work in their industry. Useful info for job seekers and workforce development professionals.
Last week I followed up by blogging the National Network of Sector Partners' biennial conference. Click here for all the conference posts. Check out the posts that were republished by mainstream media outlets. My thanks to Allison Gerber of the Aspen Institute and Tim Lohrentz of the Insight Center for helping blog the conference.
If you want to learn more about the sector-based approach to workforce development, visit any of the following websites to find research report, best practices, contacts and learning opportunities:
- National Network of Sector Partners
- Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Institute
- SectorStrategies.org Knowledge Exchange
- National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
- Sector Skills Academy
Or visit the websites of any of the organizations represented on NNSP's advisory committee.