Sector Director, Human Development
|Presenters:||Chancellor Cheryl Hyman|
City Colleges of Chicago
Senior Policy Analyst Workforce Development
Executive Director, Year Up Capital Region
Equipping today's workforce with job-relevant skills is a continuing challenge around the world. The first event in the Innovations in Workfor Devleopment Series will present the U.S. experience in addressing this challenge.
It will highlight sector strategies, and discuss their relevance for emerging and developing economies. Already explored by more than 25 states, sector strategies are uniquely situated to address current and emerging skills gaps, enable direct engagement with industry across geographic boundaries, and better align and streamline various programs and resources for workforce development.
At the municipal level, similar principles are being put to work, as exemplified by Chicago's College-to Careers (C2C) program. Launched in 2011, the C2C program boasts strategic partnerships between Chicago's community colleges and employers in high growth sectors. The sector approach has also been implemented at the programmatic level. As evident through evaluation results, Year Up is one such initiative that successfully engages employers to provide training and internships for low-income young adults, predominantly the IT sector.