Workforce Development is an economic program that, in the process of helping businesses grow, can affect deeper societal issues. One of those deeper societal issues is the system’s focus on developing disconnected youth to be competitive in the job market.
Workforce Development Boards across the country have turned their focus to this population of youth and young adults, ages 16-24, who are not in school and do not have a diploma. Seven percent of all people age 16-24 in this country fall into this category, and California’s rate is even higher, at 11.6 percent. The youth who are disconnected from education frequently find themselves disconnected from the economy.
As the middle-skill job need increases in the next decade through the retirement of experienced baby boomers and general demand for these jobs rising, this country cannot afford to allow for such a large segment of its population to remain disconnected. Connecting this population with skilled employment is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. For business, for the youth of the country, and for the nation as a whole.
The date and details of this communications strategy are forthcoming.
- Workforce Development Council – Conference of Mayors
- California Workforce Association