Workforce 101: Infrastructure of the Public Workforce System

Are you new to workforce development and struggling to wrap your head around the complex US workforce system? A seasoned workforce grantmaker who needs a refresher on how to decipher the WIOA/CTE/TANF/SNAP E&T alphabet soup? Looking for basic information to help you ensure that your grantmaking is aligned with (or differentiated from) public funding streams?

Created by Nancy Snyder, our Workforce 101 guide briefly describes how the system is structured and funded as of May 2021. Snyder's deep workforce experience includes serving as President & CEO of Commonwealth Corporation, as interim Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development in Massachusetts, and as the Deputy Director for Workforce Development at the Boston Private Industry Council.

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Stretching Dollars, Growing Impact: A Workforce Funder’s Guide to Leveraging Public Funding

With flexible funding flowing to states and localities via the American Rescue Plan, the recent announcement of new grants to expand Registered Apprenticeships, and the Biden Administration’s ambitious American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan proposals pending, the field of workforce development is anticipating a historic infusion of new public funding.

Philanthropy has an important opportunity to help ensure that these dollars are deployed equitably and effectively.

Drawing on the insights and experience of Workforce Matters members, this eight-page guide outlines a range of strategies that grantmakers can use to extend the reach and amplify the impact of these and other public investments.

A Racial Equity Framework for Workforce Development Funders

Developed in collaboration with a working group of our members, this new Framework is intended to identify concrete ways for funders in the workforce development field to interrupt the systemic racism embedded within the field’s practices, policies, and programs; the institution of philanthropy; our own organizations; and the labor market in communities we serve.