Workforce Development - Then and Now

Monday January 9th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Ed Quintavalle - Senior Consultant

It never fails that when I’m at a social function someone asks “So, what do you do for a living?” I always pause, trying to decide how to explain what a workforce development consultant does, particularly in 30 words or less.

After a rather elongated explanation, they’re usually amazed by how much I must know about so many critical occupations. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Personally, I don’t know very much about anything. My secret is talking to people who do know everything about the occupation I’m about to analyze.

So, is this what workforce development is all about?

What does Wikipedia say about workforce development?
“It is an American economic development approach that attempts to enhance a region's economic stability and prosperity by focusing on people rather than businesses.”

Another definition would be that: “Workforce development has come to describe a relatively wide range of activities, policies and programs employed by geographies to create, sustain and retain a viable workforce that can support current and future business and industry.”

Try rolling those answers out in a social setting.

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