How can we design our workforce systems in a way that closes equity gaps for workers across California? JFF, along with the California Workforce Development Board, will lead a design challenge that focuses on how to increase access and remove barriers to employment for California’s workforce.
The interactive workshop will begin with rotating 2-5 minute “bright-spots” from several California high road program partners on their innovative approaches at the intersection of climate resilience, job quality and equity to reimagine workforce systems and how public-private capital investments can work to close equity gaps. Drawing from their unique expertise, attendees will participate in a design challenge where they will design for solutions on how to break down systemic barriers that workers across the state face when it comes to employment. Specific challenges could include: creating greater access to quality jobs and wealth-building opportunities for workers across specific industries such as IT, ZEVs, or healthcare; increasing opportunities for justice-involved individuals in a particular region of California; supporting individuals in upskilling efforts when they face barriers with childcare, access to technology, or housing; or creating access to jobs that support climate resilience across California.