Workforce Partnership Guidance Tool

Workforce Partnership Guidance Tool

National Fund for Workforce Solutions, 2010

Toolkit Purpose 

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions believes that high-quality workforce partnerships are mutually beneficial strategies that both help low-wage workers succeed in today's competitive economy and at the same time improve the competitiveness of a group of employers in a particular industry sector. A high-quality partnership brings together employers, workers, and other key stakeholders from a selected industry sector into a regular and extended dialogue about that sector's particular characteristics, practices, and skill requirements. This guidance tool highlights the effective strategies and activities of high-performing workforce partnerships. Workforce partnerships and their funders can use it to examine their activities and competencies in order to identify where additional development is needed to strengthen their ability to function.

Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ford Foundation, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Hitachi Foundation, U.S. Department of Labor, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Prudential Foundation, Walmart Foundation
Intended Audience 
Regional funding collaboratives and the workforce partnerships they support
Career Pathways Target Population 
Employers and workers
Based On 
The tool draws on publications and internal documents of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, its partners, and its affiliates.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The Workforce Partnership Guidance Tool is designed to be a benchmarking tool, laying out all that a workforce partnership should or could be doing. The tool is divided into three parts, and each section discusses the function or strategy that leads to successful outcomes for employers, workers, and communities served and its importance to effective workforce partnerships:
- Organizing a workforce partnership, including choosing a sector, identifying an organizer and developing sectoral expertise, and engaging employers and workers;
- Convening, operating and sustaining the partnership, including the functions and roles of the organizer; and
- Achieving the goals of the partnership, including descriptions of what an effective workforce partnership must do to meet its goals.
Each section of the guide also includes questions that illustrate promising practices associated with that function or strategy, which can be used by practitioners to assess their own approaches and practices.

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