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Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC)

The Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC) is a nationally recognized initiative, led by local and national foundations, to address the skills gap that leaves too many job-seekers and workers in poverty while employers are unable to meet needs for a skilled workforce. Launched in 2004, the BAWFC seeks to enhance economic competitiveness and reduce poverty by strengthening the ability of the workforce development system to meet the needs of employers and low-skilled adults. (USA)

Canadian Business Education Partnership

Established in 1999, the Canadian Business Education Partnership (CBEP) is a not-for-profit organization that advocates on key issues impacting career exploration and workforce development.

Career Kids

For K to High School teens, college students and adults, Career Kids offers the greatest selection of educational materials for careers, guidance, life skills, job search and workforce development. (USA)

Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP)

Benefits of the CWDP: An independent evaluation of your competencies A nationally-recognized and portable credential Much deserved recognition of your role as a professional Nearly eight in 10 — 79 percent — of those making hiring, promotion, salary, or bonus decisions indicated that when making such decisions, they place a value on the skills of individuals who have earned the CWDP.

Raising the Bar Together: Successful Strategies for Workforce and Economic Development Collaboration

Workforce and economic development organizations are increasingly partnering together to offer improved workforce training and economic development services. Both groups realize the importance of collaboration in order to ensure a talented labor supply to meet the needs of today’s companies and to sufficiently educate workers for the demands of the knowledge economy. Business leaders and educational institutions are also being engaged to develop holistic collaborative frameworks.  This paper distills best practices in collaborative efforts to form systems that leverage the strengths and resources of all partners to create a sustainable labor force. The report features five case studies ranging from the state, local, and regional level, and cover rural and urban areas. It also includes recommendations distilled from the case studies for communities that want to forge and strengthen partnerships in workforce and economic development.


SkillWorks is a multiyear initiative to improve workforce development in Boston and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of helping low income individuals attain family supporting jobs and businesses find skilled workers.

Workforce Planning and Development

Topics covered include: Strategic workforce planning; The role of HR; Overcoming barriers to workforce planning;

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