In order for upskilling and advancement of frontline workers to become the industry norm, some things must change. We look to fund organizations that are working to enable employers, training providers, workforce boards and government agencies to design jobs, programs and practices that support career advancement for frontline workers.
In the workforce space, we aim to support programs that boost cross-sector collaboration in communities. Walmart’s investment in the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, for example, helped the program to launch three regional collaboratives aimed at advancing frontline workers in retail. Central Iowa Works, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and the Baltimore Workforce Funder’s Collaborative are each conducting local labor market analysis of the retail sector, organizing industry partnerships and working with employers to implement new strategies. Successful practices from the three pilot cities will be shared across the National Fund’s network.
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Cross-Sector Collaboration Spotlight
Walmart was one of the founding partners of the Rework America Business Network, whose efforts are focused on sharing best practices to increase opportunity. The network consists of eleven major U.S. employers and the Rework America Task Force.