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Wising Up: How Government Can Partner With Business to Increase Skills and Advance Low-Wage Workers

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Abstract:

Helping low-wage workers upgrade their skills is a critical part of public policies to advance workers and to attract and retain “good” jobs--those that pay enough to support a family and offer health care, sick leave, and other important benefits. One promising approach has states and local governments partnering with business and industry to train workers and encourage the creation and retention of good jobs. This report examines five such training partnerships underway in four states, and offers innovative practices, challenges, and lessons learned for states and localities.