National Skills Coalition works with state coalitions to improve state policies that expand education, training and skills attainment options for workers and businesses. This section provides information on a range of state policies that support sector partnerships, career pathways and credential measurement.
National Skills Coalition State Policy Framework
National Skills Coalition has identified three policy areas that support effective job training and employment strategies. These include sector partnerships, career pathways, and cross-agency credential measurement. While these strategies have shown promising results, they are often local, regional or pilot programs not supported by a broader state policy framework or funding.
Sector/Industry Partnerships—States should support a network of industry or sector partnerships, which organize stakeholders connected to an industry—multiple firms, unions, education and training providers, and local workforce and education system administrators among others—to develop plans for growing or saving that industry, with a particular focus on building new workforce pipelines where skilled worker shortages exist. View the latest sectors report State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers.
Career Pathways—States should develop and support career pathway systems that align adult basic education, job training, higher education, and basic support systems to create pathways to postsecondary educational credentials. One key element of a career pathway strategy is integrating basic skills education and occupational training to accelerate learning by allowing students to learn literacy and workplace skills at the same time. This strategy helps move educationally underprepared adults more successfully to certificate or degree completion.
Cross Agency Credential Measurement—States should establish high-level, cross-agency workgroups to collect, analyze and report on credential attainment rates across all human capital programs. This effort should track, count, measure and publicly report credential completion rates, including for sub-baccalaureate programs offering middle-skill training.