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Expanding Economic Opportunities Through Evidence-Based Sector Training

American Enterprise Institute

August 3, 2023

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  • Sectoral programs such as Year Up are strongly supported by evidence and have the potential for broad scaling.
  • Scaling to serve thousands more workers will require novel adaptations, such as shortened pathways to jobs and workforce ecosystems built with mission-aligned organizations.
  • Replicating and scaling sector-based training programs requires a strategic balance of philanthropy, employers, and the federal government.
  • Stable, reliable, and flexible funding is vital for scaling sector-based training programs. Promoting fidelity, avoiding ill-conceived or overly prescriptive policies that undermine program intent, and allowing sufficient time for results are important guidelines for successful implementation.