What is it? In the context of local workforce systems, systems change refers to strategies that focus on improving coordination, collaboration, and alignment across actors, policies, and programs in the local workforce system toward specific objectives. Examples of shared objectives include improving accessibility to services for a target population to increase employment outcomes or meeting skilled labor gaps in a specific sector.

What are the activities? Organizations within a local workforce system can undertake system change activities toward shared goals, including the following activities:

  • promoting knowledge sharing
  • developing shared goals, strategies, and plans
  • using scarce resources more efficiently and effectively

What are examples of the activities? Coordinated approaches to improving employment and training outcomes and meeting stakeholder needs in local areas include sector strategies or partnerships that focus on local or regional needs of a specific sector, collaboration between training providers and employers, and career pathway strategies that coordinate. Collaborative entities create or implement coordinated approaches or systems change strategies.