Optimizing Talent: The Promise and the Perils of Adapting Sectoral Strategies for Young Workers (2016)
Long-term self-sufficiency means more than just a job. Those at the bottom of the labor market—especially young adults with limited education who face high rates of unemployment—need in-demand skills, a clear career path, and solid supports. In recent years, sector-based strategies have yielded promising results for moving low-income jobseekers and workers into living wage positions.
JobsFirstNYC and the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) are pleased to release Optimizing Talent: The Promise and the Perils of Adapting Sectoral Strategies for Young Workers. This report looks at sector programs and the experience of a network of young adult and sector practitioners – including JobsFirstNYC’s Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) initiative – to answer the question: how can we most effectively adapt sector strategies for young adults?
Sectoral initiatives bring together a mix of businesses, community-based organizations, unions, community colleges and others, often led by a workforce development organization, to create training and placement programs for a specific industry or set of employers. Drawing on the lessons from sectoral collaborations, this brief explores how: