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TOOL Connecting Low-Skill Workers With Better Opportunities

A Working Poor Families Project report, Building Opportunity, profiles how states can shape policies and program efforts to boost the supply of skilled workers by connecting low-income, low-skilled adults to construction-related skills development programs, and increase employer commitment and demand for hiring these workers and paying them family-sustaining wages.

The Working Poor Families Project was launched in 2002 by national philanthropic leaders who “saw the need to strengthen state policies affecting these working families,” according to the organization’s Web site. The national initiative is now supported by the Annie E. Casey, Ford, Joyce and Mott foundations. The project focuses on states because many of their policies and investments critically affect the lives of working families.

Workforce Management Online, March 2010Register Now!