The Campaign for a Working Connecticut is a statewide coalition that promotes the state’s economic competitiveness through the development of sustainable, effective workforce solutions to increase low-wage workers’ skills and advance all individuals and families to self-sufficiency.
Why Do We Need the Campaign?
To move workers into economic sufficiency. In 2014, United Way’s ALICE Report revealed 38% of Connecticut households could not afford basic needs such as housing, child care, food, health care and transportation; a statistic that includes both households living below the Federal Poverty Level and those living above that level but still struggling to afford basic household needs. Recovery from the Great Recession has been slow and has not reached all of Connecticut workers.
Middle-skill jobs need qualified workers. Middle-skill jobs are those that require post-secondary education or training but less than a four-year degree. Middle skill positions in managerial, professional and technical fields are now the backbone of several important industries in our state. In a survey of Connecticut employers, however, 82% of respondents said they have difficulty finding qualified middle-skills workers to fill openings. The Campaign works to address our state’s “middle skills” gap by advocating for investments in effective programs, as well as the development of innovative workforce solutions to advance Connecticut citizens to economic self-sufficiency. In the long run, this benefits the state economy.
CWCT’s 2017 Legislative Priorities:
- Protect and sustain effective education and training programs to help low-wage workers secure employment with sufficient wages.
- Implement innovative, low-cost solutions to improve existing programs and enhance coordination of services and systems.
- Sustain critical wrap-around services to help workers maintain sufficient employment and lift families out of poverty.
For more information, contact Madeline Granato at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-610-6051.