Many workforce development programs are built on the assumption that the people participating lack technical and soft skills. Our work centers on the opportunity gap that workers face, rather than the perceived skills gap. Employers miss out on the contributions and value of frontline workers, which also justifies low wages and increases high turnover.
We work on both sides of the labor market, but especially with employers, to ensure that workers are valued, paid living wages, retained, and developed on the job.
Our work towards quality jobs includes the Career Readiness Project, which resulted in EmpACT (Employment as a Practice) and the Career & Life Coaching model. Our latest partnership, The Inclusive Recovery Project, seeks to broadly build employment opportunities for the 70 million Americans who have a conviction history.
EmpACT Design and Evaluation The challenge Job training programs are a popular strategy to help people find quality jobs and increase their wages. But workerers often face an opportunity gap, not always a skills gap. Job training is important, but programs tend to be built on the assumption that marginalized people lack technical and soft …