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A Design for Workforce Equity

Livia Lam explains how a Workforce Equity Trust Fund can build equity initiatives into the fabric of workforce development.

The Center for American Progress and the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center propose establishing a Workforce Equity Trust Fund (WETF) for building America’s workforce. Using a financing model that would sustain quality training and employment programs, the WETF creates a platform to standardize inclusive policies and build equity initiatives into the fabric of workforce development. This new system also improves workforce data analytics and brings workers, employers, and communities to the table through multi-stakeholder partnerships. Altogether, the WETF boldly frames workers as the consumers of the workforce development system and enshrines workforce consumer protections, making job quality and economic equality for workers fundamental to policy change.

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Livia Lam

Senior Fellow; Director, Workforce Development