Policy Areas

Industry Partnerships

Industry partnerships bring together multiple employers within an industry to collaborate with colleges, schools, labor, workforce agencies, community organizations and other stakeholders to align education and training with the skills needed for that industry to grow and compete.

These workforce partnerships can address skill shortages; develop talent pipelines of skilled workers to meet future demand; promote industry growth and competitiveness; and improve training, retention, and advancement of workers at all skill levels - including the lowest skilled. 

BLU works to create these partnerships in various industries in regions across the country. BLU members advocate for state and federal policies that support the creation and maintenance of public-private industry partnerships, and for targeting education and training dollars to the needs of regional industries, economies, and workers.