Expanding Access to Healthcare Jobs in San Diego County

This report is designed to shape the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s strategy for helping workers— especially women and people of color, and especially those without a college degree—find a pathway to the middle class in the healthcare sector. JP Morgan Chase provided funding for this reports and for two pilot programs that are shaped by this analysis. The first section provides an overview of San Diego County’s healthcare sector, its role in our economy, constituent industries and most common jobs. The second section assesses occupational segregation in healthcare and identifies the 11 most promising job options for our clients. The third section discusses how we can, through talent-pipeline management, expand this list to provide more pathways to the middle class.

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Employer Attitudes Toward Hiring Justice-involved Workers

Employer attitudes toward justice-involved applicants play a strikingly important role not just for those applicants but for society. Employment is a key driver of desistance from crime, but many justice-involved individuals struggle to find stable employment, partly because they are discriminated against in the job market.

Improving employer attitudes toward justice-involved applicants would cause them to hire more such applicants facilitating desistance from crime, reducing incarceration spending, and improving public safety. This report explores this topic to inform our strategic plan for serving the employment needs of justice-involved individuals in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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The Need for Stable Scheduling in San Diego’s Service Sectors

Service-sector businesses and their workers can benefit from more predictable and stable work schedules. The San Diego Workforce Partnership is working with businesses to develop innovative scheduling strategies because we believe stable schedules serve the “double bottom line”—both increasing profits (primarily through savings on turnover and absenteeism) and increasing workers’ quality of life.

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Essential Skills Rubrics

The Essential Skills Rubrics, created in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education, align with the
six essential skills—emotional intelligence, communication, creative & critical thinking, collaboration, dependability and resourcefulness. It is crucial to model, evaluate and set goals around essential skills to support career readiness, growth and advancement. Essential skills apply across all sectors and impact students at every phase of their learning and into a career. 

Educators in K-12 schools, colleges and professional training programs can use these rubrics at any grade level, and career counselors can use them to promote self-awareness in job seekers. 

For more tools, visit cte.innovatesd.org/essentialskills.

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Race, Place and Opportunity: An Update on San Diego County’s Progress Toward Reducing Youth Disconnection

Addressing systemic inequality is more important now than ever as COVID-19 disproportionately impacts San Diegans who have long been excluded from opportunity. While we mount a full-scale response to the unprecedented layoffs caused by this pandemic, the Workforce Partnership is not losing sight of our long-term goals, including cutting the rate of youth disconnection and reducing the gaps in economic opportunity between communities. This is our fourth annual report sharing the latest available data on youth disconnection from the American Community Survey.

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Essential Skills Poster

This poster highlights skills valued by employers. Building these skills will help you to get a job and make you a superstar in your workplace.


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Impact of COVID-19 on Employment in San Diego County

COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the economy; in the first week of mandated social distancing, Californians submitted more unemployment claims than any previous week on record. In this report we identify the occupations most at risk in the short term and the factors that will influence regional unemployment in the long term. We also highlight the support that the Workforce Partnership is providing to laid-off workers and struggling businesses. Workers and employers whose jobs are impacted by COVID-19 can find resources at workforce.org/covid-19.

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Justice Involvement in California’s Southern Border Region

In 2019, the state awarded us $2.4 million to build on the success of our work with Second Chance and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department serving the reentry population. As a result, we are expanding these services to more justice-involved individuals in San Diego and Imperial Counties. This report provides background on California’s corrections system and an overview of the Southern Border Region’s justice-involved population.

Download the report (8 MB)

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Priority Sector Posters 2019

The San Diego Workforce Partnership research team regularly updates the priority sectors to identify top industries that provide at least 10,000 positions for the 72 priority jobs. See below for the 2019 edition of the priority sector posters for San Diego County.


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Priority Sector 2-pagers 2019

A companion piece to the 2019 priority sector posters, these printable 2-pagers offer ideas on how to begin a career in each sector.

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