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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Monday February 27, 2017
students working
Our nation faces some daunting economic and workforce challenges, including a growing gap between the skills employers need versus those workers can offer. But there’s an upside to current conditions—an incredible opportunity to increase the diversity of our country’s talent pipeline and improve career prospects for underserved, high-need youth. The Catalyzing CTE though Pay for Success Competition, recently launched by Jobs for the Future and Social Finance, Inc., seeks to do just that. Pay for Success is an innovative public-private funding model that drives government resources toward...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, Credentials, Opportunity Youth
Thursday January 12, 2017
Young health care worker reading to older man
When it comes to the frailest among us, it is most likely a woman who does the caring. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data, in 2016 women accounted for 87 percent of the nursing assistant workforce, 87 percent of home health aides, and 83 percent of all personal aides. Women of color are disproportionately employed in all of these caring occupations, as are single mothers and immigrant women. Because these occupations pay so little, most of the women in these health care support occupations remain poor, unable to support their own families even as they work full time...
Tags: Health Care, Career Pathways
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