Race and the Work of the Future
Workforce equity must be at the center of building an equitable economy. The new report Race and the Work of the Future provides comprehensive analysis of some of the longstanding racial gaps in our labor market outcomes. This report lays the groundwork for five forthcoming regional reports from our network partners in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Seattle.
The work of the future is the work of equity: just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. And the time is now.
This month I write to you (finally) on the other side of a national election. However you feel about the outcome, our challenges weren’t going to end with one election. We have a long road ahead of us. The cracks in our economy run deep and the issues touch multiple, complex systems. It’s all hands on deck as we redesign a more resilient and equitable economy.
For the past couple of weeks, I have been digging into our newest report, Race and the Work of the Future. This report leverages deeply disaggregated national data and illuminates many of these systemic problems. These are problems that can’t be fixed by a single election and won’t all be solved in Washington, D.C. These are problems that also demand local leadership and action.
How We’re Living Our Values
As you can see in the stories we’re promoting this month, the National Fund has adopted a strategic focus on racial equity and inclusion in workforce outcomes. This is also one of our core values. We have spent a lot of time over the past year determining what that means for us internally, for our network as a whole, and in our programming. Read our new statement on racial equity and inclusion.
NEW TOOL: Toolkit for Developing High-Performing Industry Partnerships
The Toolkit for Developing a High-Performing Industry Partnership builds on more than a decade of collective experience among the National Fund network and others in the field of workforce development.
Using the self-assessment, industry partnership members can get individualized results about the development, goals, and desired outcomes of the partnership. Members can then use the tools and resources in the toolkit to guide the implementation of different practices to meet desired outcomes.
Supporting Workers’ Financial Wellness Through Economic Downturn
CareerSTAT Webinar Series
Almost half of low-wage workers find it difficult to “just get by” on their regular income. The economic fallout from COVID-19 makes the financial well-being of frontline workers even more precarious. Workers are bringing this stress into the workplace, and many employers are trying to do something about it.
Learn about a new resource to help employers identify the right financial wellness program for their business and workers and hear how CareerSTAT leaders in Charlotte and Syracuse support frontline workers through financial wellness programs. Watch the webinar below.
Success Across the Network
News from the Field
The coronavirus pandemic has made it very difficult for trade school students to get the hands-on experience employers are looking for. The Tiny Homes project is a collaboration between CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and Suncoast Technical College that provides students with experience they need to get hired locally. Learn more about this creative solution to a challenging problem here.
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