Involving Employers in Welfare to Work Efforts
"Issue Note" publication from the Welfare Information Network
The Welfare Information Network (W.I.N.) Issue Note on "Involving
Employers in Welfare-to-Work Efforts" provides guidance on understanding
employers' needs. It also discusses how WtW programs can develop
a service approach that is more responsive to the demand side of
the labor market.
of issue note findings
Engaging employers in welfare and workforce-development policies
and programs can be a critical component to achieving positive labor-market
outcomes for clients. Employer involvement in WtW activities benefits
public agencies, service providers, clients, and employers. Working
with employers can:
- Give up-to-date labor market information that is vital for preparing
clients for local employment opportunities and for conducting
effective job matching.
- Bring a business perspective, private-sector connections, financial
and in-kind resources, and other assets to your employment and
- Provide opportunities to reach clients in the workplace and
to develop work-based strategies.
- Provide opportunities to educate employers on the challenges
facing low-wage workers and encourage their participation in WtW
To learn about more of the benefits of working with employers,
as well as view research on this topic and innovative practices
in the field, view the W.I.N.
Issue Note on "Involving Employers in Welfare-to-Work Efforts."
The following Web pages also contain a library of resources on employer
and business involvement in WtW programs: