The National Fund for Workforce Solutions and its collaborative partners are transforming how low-wage workers acquire the skills they need to obtain good careers. Our local employer partnerships develop unique intelligence about the skills industry needs and delivers that knowledge to workers and educators. These industry relationships enable regional collaboratives to promote improvements in business practices and public policies that result in better career opportunities for low-skilled workers.
The National Fund, with the support of its implementation partner, Jobs for the Future, strategically invests in regional workforce funding collaboratives, currently in 30 communities nationwide. These collaboratives, in turn, identify and support workforce partnerships in target communities that serve the needs of low-income workers.
Over the past five years, the National Fund and its regional partners have served more than 30,000 people with career development services and training programs. As of 2011, training participants earned 18,143 credentials. Further, despite a challenging economy, more than 7,600 people who were unemployed before receiving training have been placed in jobs. Thirty percent of these new employees received wages of greater than $15 per hour, enabling them to earn salaries with which they were better able to support their families.
The National Fund’s work is critically important in today’s economic climate where so many families are struggling. The “JobRaising” award will allow it to further support on-the-ground efforts to fill existing jobs with skilled workers. The award will enhance the National Fund’s capacity to provide local collaboratives with technical assistance, peer-learning opportunities, and industry- or issue-specific knowledge that promotes long-term sustainability. By intensifying engagement with its diverse group of shareholders, the National Fund can better respond to employers’ skill needs and get low-wage workers the credentials they need to succeed in their careers.
Learn more about the National Fund by visiting www.nfwsolutions.org.