We live in a fast-moving economy where companies must constantly evolve the skills of their workforce to keep pace. That’s why a growing number of workforce boards are looking to sector-based workforce development training to benefit both the residents and employers in the communities they serve.

If you’re a member of a workforce board considering this approach, this post discusses how 180 Skills delivers high-quality, low-cost skills training that meets the needs of local employers and gets people jobs.

Generally speaking, sector strategies shift how workforce boards conduct business. Rather than focus on program administration and oversight, they actively build talent pipelines, address skills gaps, and create career paths at the local level.

Given that sector strategies speak to the human resources needs of regional businesses in specific industries, workforce development training initiatives vary by state and community. However, one thing is constant: every sector-based training plan requires significant employer involvement to be successful.

Large-Scale Community Impact

Sector-based training strategies also play an important role in times of economic recovery. Consider how COVID-19 devastated our nation’s economy, shutting down businesses, setting back entire industries, and contributing to millions of job losses.

During the pandemic, Connecticut and Indiana, in partnership with 180 Skills, launched special workforce development training initiatives to help companies and residents overcome its negative economic impact. These two states have provided and continue to provide thousands of individuals free access to 180 Skills training that aligns with employer demand.

If a manufacturer, for example, needs to hire someone with precision measurement skills, 180 Skills training can teach an unemployed worker how to use calipers, micrometers, dial indicators, height gauges, etc. Or, if a doctor’s office needs to hire a receptionist with computer knowledge, 180 Skills training can teach a person trying to enter the workforce how to use Microsoft® Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.


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Finding a job usually isn’t as easy as walking into a company and asking for work. This skills course covers the steps learners must take to prepare for a successful job search, which includes identifying what they want in a job.

Career-Aligned Skills Training

Since 2009, 180 Skills has been working with industry leaders and top educators to develop and maintain one of the world’s largest libraries of online skills courses.

Currently, the library houses nearly 800 competency-based skills courses and several industry-recognized certification programs—all of which are WIOA-approved. Skills courses fall into one of the following four categories:

Technical Skills
With more than 500 skills courses, this skills category covers the basic and advanced job functions needed to perform various manufacturing and logistics jobs across a broad range of industries.

Workplace & Soft Skills
Comprising more than 170 skills courses, this skills category focuses on gaining employment and the soft skills that are essential in almost any position.

Risk Management & Compliance Skills
Consisting of more than 40 skills courses, this skills category aligns with industry-related standards for corporate and OSHA training.

Quality & Continuous Improvement Skills
Featuring more than 45 skills courses, this skills category focuses on achieving compliance with global standards, such as ISO-9001, TS-16949, and Six Sigma.

So, whether it comes to basic workplace skills or a specific technical skill, 180 Skills helps workforce boards deliver online, career-aligned skills training in days, not weeks or months. And it’s possible to get virtually anyone job-ready in 40 hours or less.

Workforce Development Training System

180 Skills makes workforce development training easy to organize, deliver, and manage—all from one secure, centralized environment. Our cloud-based learning management system (LMS) is scalable to accommodate a large number of learners, and it removes learning barriers for individuals restricted by location or physical limitations. Also, each skills course is ADA-compliant.

Ready to Get Started?

180 Skills enables your workforce board to quickly deploy a quality online skills training system that serves diverse populations and aligns with local employer demand—allowing you to meet the needs of more people at your existing budget. You can also instantly issue certificates, digital badges, and industry-recognized credentials that have real marketplace value.

Contact us to learn more about our skills courses and involvement in workforce development training.