Defines and details criteria for state sector partnership policies; and following up on an initial scan in 2015, presents a 2017-updated state-by-state scan of sector partnership policies in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

“In 2015, [National Skills Coalition (NSC)] conducted the first-ever scan of state-level sector partnership policies in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. That scan provided a baseline of states that had policies in place at the beginning of [the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)]. This 2017 scan identifies state progress over the past two years and the current status of state-level policies” (p.6).

As part of a review of each state, the authors identify whether funding, technical assistance, and program initiatives for sector partnership policies, or other similar policies, are in place. If so, they describe the state’s policies, and indicate whether funding comes from federal or state resources.

“Sector partnerships…[bring] together multiple employers with education, training, labor, and community-based organizations to address the local skill needs of a particular industry. They provide a human resources function for multiple employers in an industry whose businesses share common occupations and workforce needs, and they create opportunities for workers to train for and access skilled jobs within an industry” (p.5).

“Sector partnerships typically carry out the following activities:

  • Analyze an industry’s current and future skill needs in the local area and identify occupations with skill gaps
  • Develop a plan to close the skill gaps in the industry
  • Assist in the implementation of the plan by carrying out activities such as:
    • Identifying common skill standards and promoting industry-recognized credentials
    • Building career pathways to skilled jobs in the industry
    • Creating or informing training programs and curricula” (p.5).

“State activities that target sectors are not limited to state sector partnership policies….For each state that does not have a sector partnership policy that meets [the authors’] definition, [they] describe other state-level workforce development activities that target industries or sectors” (p.12).

“[The authors] also make note of states that have had sector partnership policies in the past. [They] provide this information on past sector partnership policies and other state-level sector activities so that state policymakers, administrators, and advocates can determine whether past and other existing activities might provide a foundation for establishing a state sector partnership policy” (p.12).

(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)