Organizations in local workforce systems perform various functions and take on varying roles, depending on their organizational type and mission. Organizations involved in local workforce systems can be grouped into the six categories:
- Service providers offer education, training, employment, and supportive services and include a range of organizations, such as community and technical colleges, high schools, American Job Centers, trade schools, unions, and community organizations.
- Government agencies oversee public workforce programs and funding.
- Employers and industry and business groups hire and provide training to workers and may partner with local organizations to oversee, design, and deliver programs.
- Foundations and philanthropic organizations provide financial resources to workforce programs and organizations, primarily through grants. Corporations may also support workforce initiatives as part of corporate responsibility efforts.
- Unions and advocacy organizations seek to change employer practices, working conditions, and workforce policies.
- Collaborative entities bring together partners in the workforce system to identify workforce needs; plan, develop, and implement strategies to meet those needs; and raise funds to support these strategies.