Special Initiatives

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) has partnered with the National Fund to jointly invest in worker skills and their key regional industries using a model of substantial employer engagement. Since 2010, SIF has awarded the National Fund with $15.7 million, 80 percent of which has been subgranted to regional funder collaboratives across the country.

CareerSTAT is an initiative to document and endorse the business case for investments in frontline health care workers and to establish an employer-led advocacy council to promote investments that yield strong skill development and career outcomes for low-wage, frontline hospital workers.

The Boeing Manufacturing OJT (On-the-Job Training) Project is aimed at encouraging manufacturing firms to bring on new employees. This project will place over 100 job seekers trained through manufacturing workforce partnerships into OJT positions that will enhance their prospects for long-term employment. Employer partners will receive a partial wage subsidy for 10 weeks and workers prepared in programs tailored to their needs.

Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships is comprised of employers from a range of industries who are concerned about our nation's skills gap, who are working with local partners to train and hire community residents for skilled jobs, and who want our country's policymakers to follow suit and invest, aggressively and effectively, in the skills of America's workers.

As the numbers of youth disconnected from the workforce continue to rise, the National Fund's Young Adult Initiatives aim to test and implement new strategies for targeting America’s opportunity youth.