Workforce Development in the Upper Valley

A Survey of Programs and Services
PRS Briefs
PRS Policy Brief 1819-04
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Workforce development is a broad term that refers to a myriad of activities by private and public organizations with the goal of strengthening the quality of the workforce. These activities can consist of specific and/or general hands-on trainings, educational classes and instruction, apprenticeships, and much more. Organizations from the school system, to the government, to private institutions host and regulate these programs and services. This report documents the landscape of workforce development programs and services across the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont on behalf of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (UVLSRPC). The body of the report provides synopses of all programs and services that reach the workforce of this region including descriptions of the processes, costs, and other pertinent demographic information. Following this, ideas are identified for expansion of the project to further impact workforce development growth in the region. With this information the UVLSRPC will be able to present a comprehensive overview of workforce development to the citizens of the Upper Valley to help remediate problems of underemployment and workforce shortages.