Sector strategies are regional, industry-focused approaches to building skilled workforces and are among the most effective ways to align public and private resources to address the talent needs of employers. While the approach is not new, there is a growing body of evidence showing that sector strategies can simultaneously improve employment opportunities for job seekers and the competitiveness of industries....At the heart of sector strategies are sector partnerships (sometimes referred to as industry partnerships, workforce collaboratives or regional skills alliances, among others). These partnerships are led by businesses—within a critical industry cluster—working collaboratively with workforce areas, education and training, economic development, labor, and community organizations. Sector partnerships are the vehicles through which industry members voice their critical human resource needs and where customized regional solutions for workers and businesses are formed. (Source: Workforce GPS/New Sectors Skill Building Materials).
WWRC's primary sector strategy at this time is aligned with a Virginia-awarded Career Pathways for People with Disabilities (CPID) federal grant initiative targeting the Manufacturing Industry administered by DARS; as part of this grant initiative, a DARS employee has been embedded within VMA to facilitate critical industry linkages with education, training, and workforce preparation. Other sector strategies will be introduced strategically over time as part of overall business engagement initiatives.