Over the past 10 years, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions has used industry partnerships and deep employer engagement to improve business and workforce systems, spark social innovations, and prepare thousands of workers for good jobs. Industry partnerships are at the heart of the National Fund’s model and have resulted in more effective training programs, higher job placement results and better investments in workforce development. National Fund regional collaboratives have created, supported or scaled more than 200 industry partnerships over the past decade, serving more than 7,500 businesses and currently fund 85 active industry partnerships.
Each industry partnership reflects the unique needs of the community and sector, but industry partnerships are collaborations of businesses from a particular industry that meet regularly with the assistance of a workforce intermediary to address their region and industry’s collective workforce and talent needs. Members discuss shared human-resources issues, exchange information about industry practices, and take specific actions to address workforce challenges.