Challenges to implementing sectoral workforce programs and proposed changes for this model
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The focus of this professional report is sectoral workforce development programs. Sectoral programs represent a fairly recent innovation in workforce development. Rather than train a low-skilled worker for low-skill job with low pay, sectoral programs train workers for higher-skill jobs that offer career trajectory and living wages, while filling a demonstrated labor-market need within the local economy. These programs have numerous benefits, but face significant implementation challenges. Sectoral programs have the potential to become high-performing, value-creating organizations; however competition for scarce resources, poor employer coordination, and lack of long-term planning can hinder the success of these programs. This report discusses these challenges, lessons learned in the field, and proposed changes to the workforce development system that could encourage the success and expansion of sectoral programs.