Workforce Development Systems

A local workforce development system encompasses the organizations and activities that prepare people for employment, help workers advance in their careers, and ensure a skilled workforce.

These systems are complex, with multiple funding sources, programs, organizational missions, target populations, and labor market demands. Stakeholders include employers, public workforce agencies, community colleges, community-based organizations, state and local governments, unions and trade associations, and philanthropic organizations. Local systems are also influenced by the state and federal context.

The Urban Institute is working to better understand local and regional workforce systems and federal, state, and local roles. We study the engagement of different stakeholders, how to improve system collaboration and efficiency, and how to measure whether investments are achieving system goals. 

 

Publications

Workforce Development and Low-Income Adults and Youth
September 2017 Lauren Eyster, Demetra Smith Nightingale

Investments in the Workforce
May 2017 Norton Francis, Lauren Eyster

State Workforce and Economic Development Collaboration
May 2017 Lauren Eyster, Amanda Briggs

TAACCCT Approaches, Targeted Industries, and Partnerships
March 2017 Lauren Eyster, Elissa Cohen, Kelly S. Mikelson, Christin Durham

Changing Workforce Systems
February 2017 Hamutal Bernstein, Ananda Martin-Caughey

Federal Investments in Job Training at Community Colleges
December 2016 Lauren Eyster, Christin Durham, Theresa Anderson

Systems Change under the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program
June 2016 research report by Hamutal Bernstein, Lauren Eyster, Jennifer Yahner, Stephanie Own, and Pamela Loprest

Partnering to Meet the Child Care Needs of Parents in Education and Training: Four Profiles of Collaboration
April 2016 Teresa Derrick-Mills, Caroline Heller, and Gina Adams

Understanding Local Workforce Systems
March 2016 Lauren Eyster, Christin Durham, Michelle Van Noy, and Neil Damron

Coordinating Workforce and Economic Development under WIOA
October 2015 Lauren Eyster

Strategies for Implementing Priority of Service to Veterans in Department of Labor Programs
September 2004 Kelly S. Mikelson, Nancy M. Pindus, Demetra Smith Nightingale, Michael Egner, Shinta Herwantoro Hernandez, Amber Sears
 

Urban Wire posts

How jobseekers can benefit from employment data
March 2017 Demetra Smith Nightingale, Burt S. Barnow

How 2017's leaders should think about jobs
June 2016 Shayne Spaulding and Lauren Eyster

Using local workforce systems to support career pathways
May 2016 Christin Durham

Better supporting state economic development
October 2015 Norton Francis and Lauren Eyster

What you need to know about the new workforce development bill
July 2015 Lauren Eyster

 

Projects

Bridging the Gap | Accelerating Opportunity | Local Workforce System | New Skills at Work Assessment | Health Profession Opportunity Grants | Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Program