Workforce Intermediaries and Collaboratives
Workforce intermediaries and collaboratives are organizations that bring together partners in the workforce system to identify workforce needs; plan, develop, and implement strategies; and raise funds to support these strategies. Sometimes, similar organizations form a collaborative organization—for example, nonprofit organizations and foundations—to represent the interests of the group of organizations. Other times, different types of organizations—employers, training providers, educational institutions, nonprofit service providers, unions, philanthropy, and public workforce entities—work together to better match workers with employers, led by a single coordinating organization. These organizations may form a partnership, often around a single industry, or may form or designate a lead organization as an intermediary to coordinate across organizations.
- In a funding collaborative, foundations and philanthropic organizations work together to share knowledge, pool resources, and develop joint strategies for solving local workforce needs.
- A service provider member organization may represent and coordinate across community- and faith-based organizations providing workforce services within a community or region to advocate for new or improved policy or funding or collaborate to address local workforce needs.
- Workforce intermediaries can be any organization functioning as a broker between employers and job seekers to more successfully place job seekers in available jobs. A more comprehensive intermediary may bring together multiple partners across a local labor market to create a coordinated and strategic approach to effectively meet employers’ and job seekers’ needs. Local workforce development boards may serve in this role, but partners across a local workforce system may create a new organization to serve as its intermediary.
- In an industry or sector partnership, groups of employers join other workforce system organizations to address human resources needs in specific industries. An organization that is a workforce intermediary might lead and coordinate the partnership.