Thinking and Doing— Workforce Development for a Modern Era

Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century explores how new policies and practice can meet the changing needs of workers, businesses and their communities.

Produced in partnership by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City, and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, this edited volume presents contributions from more than 65 leading scholars and practitioners engaged in workforce development.

Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century tackles issues straight on by presenting new visions for transformative education and workforce development. Explore new strategies for transforming workforce development policy and practice to meet the needs of today’s evolving economy in this webinar series. Each webinar highlights two chapters from the book. 

Reimagining the System: Part One

Workers and employers in the United States face new realities and uncertainties that current public workforce policies and programs were not designed to address. The Great Recession and other disruptive forces have altered the environment for workers, job seekers, businesses, educational institutions and government alike. How can the workforce system be reimagined to address this evolving economy? Watch the first webinar of the series here. 


Redesigning Strategies: Part Two

Workers and employers are turning to occupational credentials for meeting workforce training needs. However, the growth in options for obtaining credentials, badges and certificates has created increased uncertainty about their quality and value in how they relate to each other.  How can credential programs be redesigned to address these issues?


Building Evidence-Based Practice: Part Three

Workforce development professionals must be accountable to multiple stakeholders for the quality and effectiveness of their programs. The ability to access, create and analyze relevant data is critical to building evidence-based practices that inform public policy and increases economic opportunity. Initiatives in New York City and Chicago explore lessons learned in putting data to work.


Targeted Strategies: Part Four

Workforce development programs must meet the need of specific workers, employers and communities in order to be effective. This webinar explores programs developed for meeting the needs of two different groups of workers and consider the key issues and challenges in implementing strategies for other targeted constituents.


Developing Career-Based Training

This companion e-book explores new approaches to developing for workers and employers develop more and better career-based training for many middle-skilled positions as advances in technology are fundamentally shifting the demand for labor toward workers who have significant skills. 

Models for Labor Market Intermediaries

This companion e-book explores the role of community and economic development organizations in workforce development and the importance of fostering and facilitating partnerships to address local workforce challenges.

Moving Sectoral & Career Pathway Strategies from Promise to Scale: A Policy and Practice Lecture sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

February 09, 2016

Dr. Chris King, senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin’s Ray Marshall Center, presented a framework for understanding the challenges faced by career pathways strategies and options for appropriate policy and practice innovations based on a chapter he authored in Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century.

Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century: Book Launch Event

Watch national policymakers, practitioners and researchers discuss opportunities for strengthening the U.S. workforce system at the book launch event held at the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors.

Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policy & Practice: Reimagining the System

Authors of the Federal Reserve’s workforce book discuss program and funding models to align workforce investments with the needs of an economy in transformation as a part of the Connecting Communities webinar series.

2014 Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century Conference

View workforce development resources, conference highlights and session summaries from the 2014 Transforming Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century conference.