Policy Areas

Work Supports

Businesses need a strong workforce to be competitive in the global economy, but many individuals and families experience structural barriers to training and working that can be mitigated by providing access to a variety of supportive services including career counseling, work equipment, housing, quality childcare, and transportation. The average, annual cost of center-based childcare for infants in many states is more expensive than the average cost of public college tuition and fees, and many communities simply don’t have enough providers to meet demand. Some workers who don’t have access to quality, affordable care or consistent transportation may need to leave work early or miss a day entirely. Supportive services are key to ensuring that people who begin training programs and jobs have the tools they need to succeed. 

Business Leaders United advocates for supportive services  that help workers participate in skills training programs and maximize their productivity while on the job.