A Skilled Workforce

An educated workforce is cited among the most important attributes a company looks for when it is considering where to expand or locate jobs.

An educated workforce is cited among the most important attributes a company looks for when it is considering where to expand or locate jobs.

A skilled workforce is key to growing jobs, improving family economic security and ensuring the fiscal health of our state.

An educated workforce is among the most important attributes a company looks for when deciding where to expand or locate jobs. Yet, Rhode Island has a “middle skills” gap; we don’t have enough workers who qualify for jobs that require more than a high school diploma and less than a four-year degree. These jobs pay well and are in fields like health care, construction, and marine trades, that can’t be moved to other states or countries. Middle skill jobs are the largest part of the job market.

Rhode Island Workforce Alliance: The Economic Progress Institute coordinates the Alliance which is a partnership among business, labor, adult education and workforce training providers, philanthropic organizations and other community leaders dedicated to ensuring that our state has a dynamic and comprehensive workforce development system that meets the needs of employers and workers, especially those with low skills. The Alliance advocates for state investments and policies that would enhance the workforce training system in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Workforce Alliance: The Economic Progress Institute coordinates the Alliance which is a partnership among business, labor, adult education and workforce training providers, philanthropic organizations and other community leaders dedicated to ensuring that our state has a dynamic and comprehensive workforce development system that meets the needs of employers and workers, especially those with low skills. The Alliance advocates for state investments and policies that would enhance the workforce training system in Rhode Island.
Our policy agenda includes legislative proposals that help Rhode Islanders meet basic needs. Included are policies related to cash assistance, child care, health care, affording housing, the earned income tax credit, pay day lending, and food assistance.