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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Thursday October 13, 2016
This post originally appeared on the Brookings website on October 12, 2016. What can educators do to better prepare young people for careers? Although high schools claim that graduates should be “college and career-ready,” in practice, educators have paid little attention to career readiness. Many still believe that all you need is a college degree and a career will follow. But increasingly in today’s labor market, job openings call for technical skills and work experience that don’t come automatically with a college degree. To enable young people to learn about work, learn to work, and...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Economic Mobility
Wednesday October 12, 2016
By guest
By: Tatiana Shevchenko  Fernando Reimers, the Ford Foundation professor of practice in international education, director of the international education policy faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative, took part in a conversation with Jobs for the Future (JFF) on employability skills, which draws on his knowledge of and experience with education and systems in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. The discussion underscores how integral employability skills are to preparing learners for global jobs...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Career and Technical Education
Friday October 7, 2016
Woman working in manufacturing
In the last few years, an ancient approach to worker training—one that has largely fallen into disuse in the United States—has been receiving renewed attention from national policymakers. Apprenticeship is a paid, credentialed, work-based learning approach that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction to build worker skills for a specific technical occupation. In the U.S., the vast majority of apprenticeships are offered in the building and construction trades, but in Europe apprenticeships are the primary form of preparation for careers in a variety of occupations in...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship
Friday October 7, 2016
People speaking at NH Sectors Meeting
By Patricia Maguire and Deborah Kobes This summer, Governor Maggie Hassan, Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, over 20 New Hampshire manufacturers, and over 30 workforce and education programs gathered at Hitchiner Manufacturing to discuss the current state of the manufacturing sector, pressing current and future workforce needs, and how a statewide sector partnership can be a solution. Manufacturing is strong in New Hampshire. Manufacturing is one of New Hampshire’s largest industries and one of the state’s major economic drivers. Manufacturing is more concentrated in the state than in the nation,...
Tags: Sector Strategies, Manufacturing, Workforce Partnership
Wednesday October 5, 2016
Man cooking in restaurant
By Kathy Mannes and Nancy Hoffman At a time when divisiveness has cast a pall over our country, new alliances are inspiring ways to bring us together. We all have a role to play in addressing longstanding social and economic inequities, and employers are finding new ways to contribute to this effort. Although we are personally heartsick at recent events and underlying barriers, our work at JFF with employers, in addition to our many traditional partners, heartens many of us and gives us hope in the face of recent waves of extreme violence and brutality. These employers are critical players...
Tags: Economic Mobility, Employer Engagement, Summit