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Tuesday April 4, 2017
The Administration’s Skinny Budget Has Outsized Negative Impacts for Americans Although we don’t know the full details of the President’s proposed budget, beyond that provided in the recently revealed “skinny budget,” we at Jobs for the Future (JFF) are very concerned that dramatic cuts to critical programs such as workforce development and student aid and supports—that are designed to prepare America’s current and future workforce—are counterproductive, particularly at a time when the skills of American workers are essential to U.S. and individual economic prosperity. While we are...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy, Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Economic Mobility
Tuesday March 14, 2017
Manufacturer Apprenticeship JFF Header Image
Meeting the demand for a competitive 21st century manufacturing workforce will require training models that work. Apprenticeships are a powerful solution that equip workers with the technical skills needed to drive the country’s manufacturing industry to grow and succeed in the global economy.  For the past five years, manufacturers, union leaders, and workforce intermediaries in the Midwest piloted the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship model. One hundred thirty apprentices have been employed at 15 manufacturing firms across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania since...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Manufacturing, Workforce Partnership
Monday March 6, 2017
As I enter my third month as JFF’s President and CEO, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that in order to advance JFF’s mission of helping all young people and adults attain quality credentials and employment, we must think about our strategies and solutions within the context that the rapid changes and economic trends—such as the growth in automation technologies and contract-based work arrangements—are bringing to the workplace and to the very future of work in our society. Almost 35 years ago, Hilary Pennington and Arthur White founded JFF to help: states bridge their workforce skill...
Tags: Future of Work, Addressing Employer Needs
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