What is sectoral employment development?
A sectoral employment development strategy—or a “sector strategy” to use industry shorthand—is defined as a systems approach to workforce development, typically on behalf of low-income individuals, that:
- Targets a specific industry or cluster of occupations, working to develop a deep understanding of industry dynamics and the specific competitive situation and workforce needs of the industry’s employers within the region;
- Intervenes through a credible organization, or set of organizations, crafting solutions tailored to that industry and its region;
- Supports workers in improving their range of employment-related skills, improving the quality of work opportunities available to them;
- Creates lasting changes in the labor market system that are positive for workers and employers. The “systems” that sectoral initiatives typically seek to change or influence include those related to industry practices, education and training, public regulations and/or fiscal policies.
See Sector Approach in our resource section for more information.
Who do sector initiatives serve?
Which industries do sector initiatives target?
While initiatives that target manufacturing and the acute and long-term healthcare industries are most common, the range of industries targeted by sector initiatives is broad. Initiatives target logistics and transportation, hospitality, automobile repair, information technology, construction, and day care, among other industries. Industry focus in a particular region can be influenced by factors such as:
- availability and accessibility of quality jobs and career ladders
- opportunities to influence and improve job quality
- an industry-relevant issue that brings business stakeholders to the table
- existing relationships and institutional competencies of the lead driver of the sector initiative
- funding opportunities
- the characteristics and interests of an initiative’s worker constituency
See Industry Specific in our resource section for more information.
Can only nonprofit organizations run sector initiatives?
What kinds of outcomes do sector initiatives produce for participants?
What kinds of outcomes do sector initiatives produce for businesses?
In what ways do sector initiatives try to change systems?
What types of services do sector initiatives provide to their participants?
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