Nearly every state’s economy is held back by a skills gap – not enough workers trained with the skills for open jobs.
And in nearly every state, the largest gap is in the middle – jobs that require a credential beyond high school, but not a four-year degree. For individuals who are unemployed or in low-wage jobs, education and training can move them into family supporting middle-skill jobs.
National Skills Coalition analyzes, develops, advances and helps implement state policies that support four key strategies -- Sector Partnerships, Career Pathways, Job-Driven Investments, and Data and Credentials -- that close middle-skill gaps and ensure individuals and industries have the skills to compete and prosper.
NSC provides support to advance these policies in two ways:
- We work in the states to help build and support multi-stakeholder coalitions – business, labor, colleges, community organizations, and the public workforce system – that work together to advance a shared policy agenda.
- We provide direct assistance to state policymakers who want to learn about, develop and implement effective workforce policies.
- Building a Skilled Workforce for a Stronger Southern Economy | 2018
- Skills in the States: Sector Partnership Policy Scan | October 2017
- 50-State Scan Summary
- Skills in the States: Work-Based Learning Policy Scan | May 2017
- Skills in the States: Alignment Policy Scan, Policy Toolkit and Toolkit Summary | December 2016
- Skills in the States: Job-Driven Financial Aid Policy Scan, Policy Toolkit and Toolkit Summary | December 2016
- Skills in the States: Integrated Education and Training Policy Scan, Policy Toolkit and Toolkit Summary | December 2016
- Skills in the States: Skills-Based SNAP Employment and Training Policy Toolkit and Toolkit Summary | December 2016
- Skills in the States: Stackable Credential Policy Scan, Policy Toolkit and Toolkit Summary | December 2016
- Mastering the Blueprint: State Progress on Workforce Data | October 2016