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The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, or “NAWDP,” is organized as a 501(c)(6) association dedicated to:
Additionally, NAWDP works to inform, improve and support the workforce development field through advocacy, partnerships and project work.
Who We Are
Workforce Development Professionals serve job seekers and employers. They provide training and career assistance to help job seekers identify and secure employment. They serve local employers by matching skilled applicants with the human capital needs of the employer, provide outplacement services during layoffs, and facilitate onsite training.
Workforce development professionals can be found in many different types of organizations, and they serve in many roles, from case management and WIOA implementation, to program design, policy management and strategic partnerships.
NAWDP members are employed by Workforce Investment Boards, America’s Job Centers (One Stop Centers), community and career colleges, military bases, youth employment programs, faith and community-based organizations and corporations. Whether they have decades of experience or are just starting their career, workforce development professionals are dedicated to helping people acquire skills and find employment, and to connecting businesses in their communities with a qualified pool of job applicants.
Why it Matters
In November 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a total of 12.8 million individuals who are either unemployed, under-employed or marginally attached to the labor market. Meanwhile, key industries have been reporting a shortage of qualified applicants for a wide range of jobs.
In a member survey, the Business Roundtable found 94% of CEOs report skills gaps are problematic for their companies, and that these gaps affect all skill levels, from entry level to the highly technical.
These statistics represent lost economic opportunity for individuals and their families through lost wages; for businesses due to reduced productivity; and for communities, and the nation as a whole, due to lost spending and tax revenue.