Sector Strategies

Sector strategies for workforce development are employer-led partnerships within a single industry that bring together government, education, training, economic development, and other community organizations to focus on the needs of that industry, within a regional labor market.

In general, sector strategies/partnerships can: 

  • Address current and emerging skills gaps.  Sector strategies offer a mechanism to focus comprehensively on workforce skills and developing a talent pipeline.
  • Provide a way to engage directly with industry across traditional, or artificial, boundaries. Businesses operate in economic regions that may cross city, county, and state lines, as well as education and economic development areas. Sector strategies work across the boundaries to identify and address specific needs of both large and small employers in any industry.
  • Better align public partner programs and resources serving employers and workers. Public partners can reduce inefficiencies, coordinate expertise and bring together resource streams to provide employers with comprehensive solutions.

North Carolina sector strategies:

  • Are employer-led, regionally-based collaboratives that give industry a voice. N.C. sector strategies have employers define and set the agenda.  This forum offers a mechanism for business leaders to identify issues important to them and allows public partners to efficiently focus scarce resources on industries that are major job providers in an area.
  • Represent a model that is jointly endorsed by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the NC Community College System, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, and the NC Chamber.

For more information about North Carolina's sector strategies, contact:

N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions
N.C. Department of Commerce
Attn:  NC Sector Strategies Coordinator
4316 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4316
Phone: 919-814-0423