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

Publication Date: April 2006

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Julie Strawn; Karin Martinson; Amy-Ellen Duke

Research Area: Education; Labor

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


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.