Investing in Rhode Island’s Workforce for 21st Century Jobs

A skilled workforce is key to Rhode Island’s economic recovery and future competitiveness. Workers must have some level of post-secondary education or training to fill the middle-skill occupations that comprise the majority of Rhode Island’s jobs. A vibrant workforce training system is responsive to employer needs and ensures that workers have opportunities to enhance their skills. Read the fact sheet: Investing …

Summary of 2012 Legislation Impacting the Workforce Development System

Workforce Development System Biennial Program and Funding Plan. The Rhode Island Workforce Alliance promoted this important policy that requires the Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) to submit to the governor and general assembly a biennial employment and training plan beginning March 15th of 2012 and every other year thereafter. The Plan must include a funding plan necessary to achieve system priorities …

Building a Skilled Workforce: Moving Forward

October 10, 2010 An overview of the progress Rhode Island made to date in advancing the adult education system, strategic planning for a comprehensive workforce development system and creating a statewide career pathways system driven by industry needs. The recommendations focus on implementing and enhancing system planning and providing adequate funding to support a multi-year plan. Read the full report (PDF, …

An Uneven Path: State Investments in Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency

Income and work support programs are vital to a woman’s ability to seek and sustain employment while caring for her family. Rhode Island, like all states, has invested in programs that help low and modest-income working mothers and their families make ends meet. These programs include child care assistance, cash assistance, low-cost health insurance, and child support enforcement. In recent …

The Status of Women in Rhode Island – A Mid-decade Report

January 03, 2007 This study, commissioned by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and written by The Poverty Institute, measures how well Rhode Island women are doing on several indicators including political participation, employment and earnings, social and economic autonomy, and health and well-being. Read the full report.