The nationally-recognized Industry Partnership strategy—and Pennsylvania's workforce development system as a whole—was built to be industry-led, demand- and data-driven, and accountable to high performance standards, as well as to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.

"In today’s intensely competitive, technology-intensive global economy, employers require highly skilled workers to boost productivity, create new products and provide market responsiveness. At the same time, Pennsylvania’s workers, recognizing the demands of the new economy, seek opportunities to develop and improve their skills. To respond to this mutual need, Governor Edward G. Rendell, with guidance from industry leaders and the support of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, created and nourished a new workforce development policy tool known as Industry Partnerships.

Pennsylvania was one of the first states to extend training and career-building efforts beyond individual companies to networks of companies in specific industries. The Rendell administration understood that the lack of industry collaboration on training can result in a skills gap for businesses, an opportunity gap for working families and an innovation gap for many industries. [This resource explains how] building strong Industry Partnerships can bridge those gaps [by highlighting the impact of successful industry partnerships]" (p.3). (Abstractor: Author)