Sector Strategies: An Overview
Sector strategies ― regional, industry-focused approaches to building skilled workforces ― are one of the most effective ways to align public and private resources to address the talent needs of employers.
While not new, there is a growing body of evidence showing that sector strategies are workforce interventions that can simultaneously improve employment opportunities for job seekers and the competitiveness of industries. As such, sector approaches have received renewed interest from government, the business community, and philanthropy.
Sector strategies are not add-on programs. They are not individual training initiatives in a particular sector. Rather, they represent a new way for workforce organizations to conduct business: moving from a “program administration” focus to a more strategic role building regional talent pipelines, addressing skill gaps, and creating meaningful career pathways for a range of workers in important regional industries.
The ETA Sector Strategies TA Initiative produced a framework for how workforce organizations can implement strong sector approaches. The resources on these pages align to that framework.
Are you a local or regional partnership? Take this sectors self-assessment.
Are you a state? Take this sectors self-assessment.