What Are Next Gen Sector Partnerships?
Next Generation Sector Partnerships are partnerships of businesses, from the same industry and in a shared labor market region, who work with education, workforce development, economic development and community organizations to address the workforce and other competitiveness needs of the targeted industry.
Now is the time! Community partners across the nation are facing increased pressure to engage industry more deeply:
Secondary and post-secondary educational institutions are being called to engage with industry and align their curriculum and programming in new innovative ways.
Workforce Development Boards are being called upon to increase partnerships with industry through sector partnerships in the new federal legislation (WIOA).
Economic development organizations are experiencing a renewed interest in talent and skills as keys to economic vitality.
Key Features of Next Gen Sector Partnerships
Industry-led. Agendas are based on industry-determined priorities, not public programs.
Community-supported. Public partners from workforce development, economic development, education and others work together to convene and support Next Gen Sector Partnerships.
Sustainable over time. Since Next Gen Sector Partnerships are organized around the topic that interests business leaders most--what it takes to ensure that their company thrives--they are sustainable over time.
Is your partnership Next Gen? Review the indicators of Next Gen Sector Partnerships here.
Where states have adopted strategies that help create strong, local sector partnerships, results are magnified. In Colorado:
82% of partnerships have businesses that have developed new or enhanced ideas for new products and/or markets
91% of partnerships have businesses that have found support in finding employees with the skills and experiences their business needs
82% of partnerships have businesses that have developed new recruitment practices
Students and jobseeker
71% of partnerships increased student/jobseeker awareness of training/education programs.
62% of partnerships experienced increased program alignment across secondary, post-secondary, and/or workforce programming.
67% of partnerships enhanced existing or developed new training/education program(s).