Workforce Systems Development

Workforce Systems Development

Workforce Development is a traditional approach to inclusive economic development that focuses on investing in people, rather than businesses. but our current workforce development “system” is really a fragmented ‘non-system’ that is underfunded, paternalistic and outdated, and is built on top of an education system that was designed to segregate the workforce.

A Solidarity Economics approach would start from an asset-based approach, rather than our current deficit model. It would focus on working with community and labor organizations, not for in the paternalistic way we currently do, and would focus on workforce systems development. This would result in a more prosperous economy, as well as build power for the workforce.

The High Road Training Partnerships (HRTP) initiative started as a $10M demonstration project designed to model partnership strategies for the state. Ranging from transportation to health care to hospitality, the HRTP model embodies the sector approach championed by the Board — industry partnerships that deliver equity, sustainability, and job quality.

The Labor Center’s High-Road Training Partnerships Project supports the California Workforce Development Board’s HRTP Initiative in modeling and expanding workforce training partnerships that are worker-centered, industry-led and aligned with key policy goals of equity, job-quality, and sustainability.


Promising Practice 1: Industry-Led Problem Solving
Promising Practice 2: The Industry Partnership Itself is A Priority
Promising Practice 3: Incorporate Worker Wisdom Throughout the Partnership
Promising Practice 4: The Industry Partnership Drives Training Solutions
Essential Element 1: Industry Led Problem Solving
Essential Element 2: The Industry Partnership Itself is a priority
Essential Element 3: Worker Voice
Essential Element 4: Industry Drives Training Solutions

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