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Industry Sector Initiatives

The Napa-Lake Workforce Investment Board (NLWIB) is committed to Industry Sector Initiatives in order to better understand the workforce needs and challenges of local employers, to improve our local workforce development system, including the development of better programs, services and policies, and to prioritize our limited resources.

The following have been studied and selected by the NLWIB as our Priority Industry Sectors:
Hospitality & Tourism
Manufacturing (all subsectors, including winemaking)
Healthcare & Social Assistance
Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities
Professional & Business Services
Construction & Renovation
Emerging Industries (including the Green Economy)
Skilled Trades (multiple sectors)

Comprehensive labor market reports are available in the Reports & Presentations section of this website.

Industry Sector Initiative Objectives
Sector initiatives have proven to be effective ways for workforce investment boards to:
Better understand the workforce needs and challenges of specific industries
Bring together leaders from the business and workforce development communities to address the needs and challenges identified by the sector initiatives
Develop more effective workforce development programs, services and policies in order to better prepare the local and regional workforce
Develop industry-driven skill panels or employer advisory groups that represent the workforce and workforce development interests of their industries

Outcome examples of industry sector initiatives include:
Partnerships can leverage resources to develop new training programs or seek funds for special projects
Closer working relationship allows for better labor market research and an improved understanding of the industry’s workforce needs and the workforce development system’s programs and services
Allows for the development of new programs and services for incumbent workers
Allows for better mapping of career pathways and entry-level employment opportunities

The role of education and training providers in industry sector initiatives:
Education and training providers play an important role in most sector initiatives. Many of the community-based organizations that operate long-standing sector initiatives, including workforce investment boards, began by providing or brokering training services. Moreover, public policy has increasingly encouraged the development of sector partnerships involving formal education providers such as community colleges and technical schools, and these relationships are growing in number.

Industry Sector Initiative Resources

National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) -
The National Association of Workforce Boards represents the interests of the nation's business-led Workforce Investment Boards. NAWB is guided by a Board of Directors, composed primarily of Workforce Board chairs and past chairs that oversee job training at the local level. Founded in 1979, NAWB membership consists of local boards and governor-appointed state workforce investment boards representing approximately 15,000 volunteers from business and other sectors. Services available include customized-training, publications and information dissemination to workforce investment boards.

National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP) -
The National Network of Sector Partners is the trade association and resource center for organizations working to develop industry-specific workforce and economic development initiatives across the United States. NNSP can provide information on organizations conducting initiatives in specific sectors and can share strategies that have worked elsewhere. Visit NNSP for profiles of current initiatives, publications, conference announcements, resources, and a quarterly newsletter. Small grants, teleconferences on hot sector topics, and other resources are also available to members.

Workforce Strategies Initiative - The Aspen Institute -
The Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative has conducted evaluations, provided technical assistance, and designed key publications in the sector field. Search their website for key publications, findings, and materials on developing outcomes for both individual program participants and employer partners, including information specific to WIB-sponsored sector initiatives.

Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) -
Public/Private Ventures has developed key publications and evaluations on sector initiatives. They also offer training for workforce development professionals (Working Ventures) and run a small grants program to assist workforce organizations in key sector initiative areas. Search their website for a range of publications and materials of help to practitioners.

Working for America Institute - AFL-CIO -
The Working for America Institute supports the development of sectoral labor-management partnerships through publications, technical assistance, and workforce policy supports. Visit their website for information on labor-management sectoral programs in the building trades, health care, hospitality, and manufacturing sectors.

Supporting Sector Strategies: San Francisco Convening
January 8-9, 2015
Hosted by DOL's Employment & Training Administration (ETA)
Conference presentations & tools:

DOL's Employment & Training Administration (ETA) - Supporting Sector Strategies Initiative -

Next Generation Sector Partnership Convener Guide - Prepared by Collaborative Economics and the Woolsey Group, LLC
October 2014

The Promise of Career Pathways Systems Change - Jobs for the Future -