HR Dive: State skills coalitions to focus on apprenticeship, upskilling policy in 2020
By Katie Clarey
National Skills Coalition’s SkillSPAN is a first-ever nationwide network of nonpartisan state coalitions expanding skills training for thousands of people through state policy changes. SkillSPAN coalitions develop and promote skills policies that support workers’ career aspirations, boost local businesses, and help states build strong, inclusive economies.
Convened by a lead organization, SkillSPAN coalitions include policy and research organizations, community-based organizations, businesses, unions, community colleges, workforce boards, state and local agencies, and others advocating for a shared agenda. As a national network, SkillSPAN leverages the combined expertise of state coalition members and amplifies their collective voices in state capitols across the nation.
In addition to direct assistance, NSC provides opportunities for SkillSPAN coalitions to engage in cross-state learning through our annual Skills in the States Forum, SkillSPAN leaders meetings, and and targeted, time-limited policy and advocacy academies. In many states, SkillSPAN coalitions will also work with Business Leaders United (BLU) state affiliates to leverage business voices in their advocacy.
SkillSPAN state coalitions and lead organizations are listed below.
Alabama: Central Six Development Council
California: California EDGE Coalition
Colorado: Colorado Center on Law and Policy
Connecticut: United Way of Connecticut
Georgia: Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Illinois: Chicago Jobs Council
Indiana: Indiana Institute for Working Families
Iowa: United Way of Central Iowa
Louisiana: Louisiana Budget Project
Maryland: Jobs Opportunities Task Force
Massachusetts: SkillWorks & The Workforce Solutions Group
Michigan: United Way of Southeast Michigan
New York: New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals
North Carolina: North Carolina Justice Center
Ohio: Ohio Workforce Coalition
Oregon: Portland Community College
Tennessee: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Texas: United Ways of Texas
Wisconsin: Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership & Building Industry Group Skilled Trade Employment Programs (WRTP/BIG STEP)