What is a Sector Strategy?
A sector strategy is a partnership within a priority industry that brings together education, economic development, workforce systems, and community organizations to identify and collaboratively meet the workforce needs of that industry within a regional labor market.
Sector Strategies focus on the needs of local employers in growing industries and prepare individuals with the skills and credentials to meet them. They are an effective way to strengthen regional labor markets and create a more equitable distribution of jobs and wealth. Based on the 2018 Southeastern MA Economic Blueprint, we have seven priority sectors in our SDA.
Workforce Boards play a strategic role in advancing Sector Strategies, building regional talent pipelines, addressing skill gaps, and creating meaningful career pathways for a range of workers in important regional industries.
- Conveners: convening and providing meeting space for industry representatives and sector partners to gather.
- Fiscal agents: fiscal agents for sector strategies, including managing funding streams and pursuing grants, among other duties.
- Systems Change Drivers: leverage relationships with education, training, and supportive services providers to drive new approaches to service delivery and cultivate systems change.
- Data Brokers: intermediaries, performing some mix, or all, of these roles in support of sector strategies. With the implementation of WIOA.