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Sector Strategies Virtual Institute

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) presents a tremendous opportunity to create and deepen partnerships that will advance the prosperity of regions.  The foundation for this work is strong industry sector partnerships that bring together employers, education and training entities, workforce agencies, community organizations and other stakeholders to align training with the skills needed for an industry to expand and compete in the global economy.

To support this work, the Employment and Training Administration's 2nd Annual Sector Strategies Virtual Institute kicked off May 16th, offering a multitude of learning and peer-to-peer knowledge building opportunities to those just beginning to build industry sector partnerships, as well as those further along in sectors work.

The event opened with a highly engaging Plenary featuring Deputy Assistant Secretary Eric Seleznow who welcomed workforce development leaders from across the country as they discussed the advancements they’ve made and the lessons they have learned in WIOA planning, regionalizing local partnerships, and industry sector approaches.

Workshops continued throughout the week, from other large plenary sessions to smaller interactive workshops. This year the event included “101” sessions designed for beginners and “201” sessions for those regions who are more advanced. Highlights of the Institute included workshops with national experts and leaders on timely topics like:

  • quote“Regionalizing” your already successful local sector partnership
  • Using data to improve collaboration
  • Sustaining sector strategies
  • Industry engagement
  • Career pathing and service delivery
  • Creating state and local policy to sustain sector partnerships

Click here to view a recording of the opening plenary and to link to other Institute resources.

Maher & Maher is a specialized change management and talent development consulting firm based in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. The firm is under contract to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration to provide national technical assistance (TA) for the Sector Strategies Initiative and for implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). For more information about our firm and the services we offer, please visit us at or call us at 1-888-90-Maher.


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