Reflecting on 2021

In another year of uncertainty, we remained focused on our priorities. Here are 10 highlights from 2021. 10+  Words of the Workforce A coalition of more than 10 workforce and economic mobility organizations formed an innovative partnership to create a…

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Good Jobs Should Be the Standard, Not a Seasonal Perk

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the busiest time of year for retail workers. Big box retailers and department stores are rethinking their seasonal hiring approach in light of the compounding issues of COVID risks, supply…

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Reintroducing Our Job Design Framework

Equity and voice must be part of the job quality strategy — our new framework has both   How do you design a good job? Most people don’t think about that question very often, if at all — even business…

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To Advance Worker Voice, We Must Start from Shared Understanding

How we developed our definition of “worker voice”   The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a realignment of the U.S. economy. Between the scramble for child care and the need to manage remote schooling, women’s labor force participation rate is the…

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Our 2021 Apprenticeship Week Round-Up

Celebrating the Success and Opportunity of Apprenticeships Apprenticeships are a powerful, win-win solution for employers and employees. The National Fund’s regional workforce collaboratives are partnering with employers in communities across the country to build strong apprenticeship models in traditional industries,…

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The Great American Walkout

People are leaving the workforce in droves. In fact, the quit rate is the highest it has ever been since the Department of Labor began collecting data on it. Leaving your job is no easy feat. I started my career…

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Get to Know Systems Change (Videos)

Learn how National Fund sites are improving economic mobility through systems change Communities around the country are tackling some of the hardest problems that prevent people from getting and keeping a good job, like crushing criminal justice fines and fees,…

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Are Labor Shortages Really About Labor?

A new resource will help correctly diagnose labor problems — and identify better solutions We've heard a lot recently about labor shortages across a range of sectors. Healthcare workers are burned out, restaurants are understaffed, and school districts are left…

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How to Become a Community Influencer

Four tactics to help you build and exert influence To make change, you must have influence. Workforce development is no exception. In your community, you need to influence employers, community-based organizations, community colleges, workforce boards, educators, economic developers, elected officials,…

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When Words Get in the Way

President's Message September 2021 Every field has its own common language, but industry terms can become too wonky or fall out of date as culture shifts. This is certainly true in workforce development where the terms — and acronym alphabet…

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