Back in January 2014 the White House came out with a white paper entitled, “Addressing the Negative Cycle of Long-Term Unemployment”. The White House examined the problem of long-term unemployed, along with their perspective of how to get workers back into the pipeline. The document includes commitments from the President including: new investments in areas like infrastructure and manufacturing and steps to better match workers and their skills to currently available jobs. The white paper included numerous graphs and tables identifying age groups and professions, along with unemployed vs employed statistics. Additionally, multiple strategies were identified including the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP). (Initially created to renew traditional industrial base in the Milwaukee area during the 1990s. Then in 2001, partnered with BIG STEP (Building Industry Group Skilled Trades Employment Program) to facilitate more effective coordination of employer-driven worker readiness to best ensure that individuals preparing for employment gained the skills and experiences that employers needed. WRTP/BIG STEP launched the Center of Excellence for Skilled Trades & Industry in 2005 to develop and expand programs for several major projects in the region and to address the reemergence of the skills shortage in the industrial sector. More than just a physical location, the Center of Excellence serves as a clearinghouse for the assessment, preparation, and placement of job-ready candidates for careers in construction, manufacturing and other emerging sectors.)
To solve our economy’s challenge, energy and efforts need to be collaborated on from employers, workforce, government and education. All four providing equal efforts and energy will increase success of our overall economy.
Read here the White House white paper identifying numerous key intermediaries helping to connect the long-term unemployed to work.