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We equip job seekers to increase their economic mobility, help businesses grow, rebuild, and thrive equitably, and prepare children and young adults for the world of work. We believe in the power and dignity of work, fight for equity and inclusion and dedicate ourselves to building programs that meet people where they are.  

Workforce development is much more than finding the next job. It is helping people connect what they know, love and need with careers that align with each person’s unique talents. Career preparation begins in the classroom and continues throughout life. Life-long learning is essential to keep pace with an ever-changing world.

The Workforce Partnership offers services, custom programs and targeted initiatives that are redefining what workforce development canand mustbe. Everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed and we are committed to making that an aspiration and reality.

MISSION

To empower job seekers to meet the current and future workforce needs of employers in San Diego County.

VISION

Every business in our region has access to a skilled workforce and every job seeker has access to meaningful employment.

Values

Collaboration

Engaging in inclusive, respectful relationships among colleagues, customers and community that foster the achievement of shared goals.

Excellence

Driving quality, innovation and measurable outcomes through a customer-centered focus and a high-performance culture.

Stewardship

Strategic, efficient, effective use of resources to meet the evolving needs of our customers and community with the highest levels of integrity. 

Inclusion

Taking responsibility for creating a culture where everyone is welcomed, heard, valued and empowered to fully participate and reach their full potential. 

Equity

Prioritizing those who have been systemically denied opportunity through policies, priorities, practices and behaviors that result in access to opportunity for ALL colleagues, customers and communities.


Strategic Pillars

Initiatives


For Businesses

Layoff Transition Services Support for businesses and employees before, during and after layoffs

Expanded Subsidized Employment Wage subsides to employ welfare-to-work participants

Income Share Agreement Graduates Certified tech talent, ready to work

On-The-Job-Training (OJT) Wage subsidies for hiring new employees

WARNs Information on layoff notices and notification requirements

For Job Seekers

Career Centers Job search and career development services for all: training, workshops, hiring events and more

Connect2Careers Transformative internships and work experiences for young adults

Construction Career Jumpstart Paid training for jobs in energy, construction and utilities

Income Share Agreements Low cost post-secondary education/training ‘evergreen’ fund

Libraries Partnership Comprehensive job search services available in public spaces at no cost

Reentry Works San Diego Career supports and services for justice-involved individuals

Southeastern San Diego Live Well Program Job training and placement within County Live Well Centers

Supported Employment/Work Well Connects County behavioral and mental health with workforce systems

TechHire Connects under-represented populations with job training and placement in tech

Pilot Projects

Financing the Future Reimagining education and skills financing

Future of Work Grand Challenge Rapid reskilling with entrepreneurial partners

Outcomes for Opportunity Making better use of outcomes data

Research and Application

Job Quality Guide How to implement job quality principles in the workforce

Launch Pad Middle school interactive site where labor market information comes to life 

My Next Move Labor market data, tools and guidance to help at any stage of career

Outcomes Center Tools and resources around outcomes-focused funding models

Opportunity Youth Data to understand and address youth disconnection

Posters and Printouts Digestible print materials that explore in-demand sectors

Workforce + Childcare Highlights the childcare crisis, work and economic impacts and solutions

Communication

Articles Program, industry and community news and insights

Faces of Workforce Personal stories about the people we serve

Equity series Articles exploring all angles of equity, diversity and inclusion

Monthly newsletter Sharing impact and inspiration

Press Coverage Extensive media coverage of our efforts

Convenings

OpportunitySD Addressing youth disconnection

Race, Equity & Worker Power A panel discussion on how to effect positive change 

Workforce Frontiers Advancing innovations in workforce programs

Recognition

Kaleidoscope Award Recognized by USD Nonprofit Institute for governance excellence

WIOA Trailblazer Recognized as most innovative board in the country (out of 550)

Past Initiatives

High Road Kitchens Reopening restaurants and reemploying workers

Return to Work Work-readiness training and supports for seniors returning to work

Rapid Rehousing Increased the City of San Diego’s Rapid Re-Housing performance and housing stability outcomes