All people should have access to a quality job that provides them the opportunity to earn a sustainable livelihood and build a fulfilling career. This is the goal that drives SVP’s workforce development strategy.
Workforce development refers to efforts aimed at equipping people with the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to thrive in quality jobs and meet the needs of the labor market.
Through SVP’s partnerships and initiatives, SVP CT plays a key role in expanding access to education, job training, and employment services for underserved communities, improving the quality and relevance of training programs, and fostering collaborations between employers, educators, training providers, and community organizations to advance a system that works for everyone.
SVP CT’s approach is twofold. We provide funding and capacity building support to nonprofit organizations, state government, and educational institutions that are involved in workforce development. We also build partnerships and align resources across the workforce system. Through this work, SVP CT supports The Governor’s Workforce Council and The Office of Workforce Strategy. This holistic strategy aligns opportunities to develop new training programs, improve the quality of existing programs, and provide opportunities for Connecticut residents to develop careers that work for them.
SVP CT’s involvement in workforce development has helped to address some of the key challenges facing Connecticut’s labor market, such as a skills and opportunity mismatch between the needs of employers and job seekers, that result in persistent disparities in employment outcomes for low-income and minority communities.
Overall, SVP CT’s involvement in workforce development in Connecticut demonstrates the importance of collaboration and partnership in addressing complex social and economic challenges.