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Strategic Cluster Policy for Workforce Investments

The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board strategic cluster policy for workforce development relies partly on an industry cluster analysis using detailed industry data to define regional specialties, develop maps of industry clusters and prioritize clusters for regional development purposes.This policy derives from a process begun with Skills For the Next Washington initiative.

Workforce Board Strategic Cluster Policy

  • Strategic industry clusters shall be identified for the purpose of guiding and informing policy and investment decisions for workforce education and training, such as the awarding of discretionary funds for cluster-based workforce development initiatives.
  • Consensus rankings of strategic clusters shall be used to steer investments toward those clusters that are most strategic for workforce development. The Board will guide investments toward clusters that are at the higher rather than the lower end of the strategic rankings.

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