Making Progress, Not Excuses

The Workforce Solutions Collaborative in Hartford, Conn., was among the first funders collaboratives established with support from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. In November 2018, it celebrated ten years of developing an educated, economically self-sufficient workforce in central Connecticut.…

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"Retail America" Episode 2: How Can Employers Overcome Low Unemployment?

Pat Steele, Project Director at Central Iowa Works, shares insights into how employers are overcoming low numbers of job applicants and providing wrap-around services that overcome employment barriers as well as general insights into the Des Moines retail sector.  …

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To Create a Strong Frontline, Tailor Programs for Employers and Workers

On a dual mission to center both worker and employer needs, the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund (Training Fund) is a partnership that strives to invest in frontline workers. With over 50 contributing employers the Training Fund serves over…

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A Message from National Fund President Fred Dedrick

Sandra is one of the half million people in the United States who works full time for the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour (another 1.3 million make less than the federal minimum wage). As I write this in…

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Programs that Upskill Workers Attract and Retain Talent

When faced with workforce shortages, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a nonprofit academic health system serving northern New England, saw an opportunity to build infrastructure to upskill current workers and attract and retain talented residents, thereby also investing in their community. With a focus…

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To Find Strong Leaders, Look to Your Frontline Workforce

To cultivate engaged and invested leaders, East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) found that they need to look no further than their own frontline staff and do just that: engage and invest in them. With a direct correlation between a highly…

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#WorkTrends: How to Help People Reach Their Full Potential at Work

We all demand love in some form in our personal lives, but we skimp on asking for it at work. Treating people as a commodity instead of focusing on relationships is a surefire path to burnout and low long-term productivity,…

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From Preparation to Practice: Transformation of the Retail Ecosystem

"Equity is both a process and a goal.” – Jerry Hawkins, Director of the Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Initiative. In partnership with the National Fund and Central Iowa Works, Hope Street Group convened members of the Retail Opportunity…

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Investing in America's Workforce

The National Fund joins Federal Reserve Banks on Quality Jobs Initiative On October 31, 2018, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston hosted “Raising the Floor: Strategies That Make Jobs Work for All,” an event to mark the release of a…

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