Connecting People to Work: New Book Highlights Strategies to Reinvigorate Workforce Development

SkillWorks is excited to be featured in the new book Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies, edited by Maureen Conway aImagend Robert P. Giloth.  The volume focuses on the expanding role of sector strategies in crafting workforce programs that address the needs of low-income workers and potential employers.

Over a ten year period, SkillWorks, a workforce funder collaborative in Boston, has worked with employers, community-based organizations, educational institutions, organized labor, policymakers and the workforce system to support and scale up the implementation of sector strategies such as industry-driven workforce training partnerships.  SkillWorks’ chapter in Connecting to Work provides an overview of the initiative’s successes, challenges and lessons learned, drawing out the potential role of the funder collaborative in shaping workforce service delivery and policy, particularly at the local and state levels.

Other chapters in Connecting People to Work, authored by prominent nonprofit leaders, foundation officials and researchers, document how the philanthropic community, the public and private sectors, and the field can contribute to and utilize sector strategies, which target regional economic sectors, focus on specific skills employers need, and address the real-world challenges faced by low-income workers. Though sector strategies alone cannot eradicate poverty and income inequality, they can meaningfully strengthen our workforce system and economy, and the lessons and insights offered throughout the book indicate they are a significant part of the solution.

Published by the American Assembly at Columbia University, Connecting to Work is edited by Maureen Conway, vice president at the Aspen Institute and executive director of the Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program, and Robert P. Giloth, vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Community and Economic Opportunity.


Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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