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Involving Employers in Welfare to Work Efforts

An "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.

Summary 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 training program.
  • 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 efforts.

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."

For more information

The following Web pages also contain a library of resources on employer and business involvement in WtW programs:

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