Working to improve quality of life, promote community vitality and achieve a fair society.

Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

An initiative to bolster efforts in six Midwest states to help working-age adults who need to expand their skills.

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

New City Of Chicago And Cook County Program To Put Chicagoans Back To Work

Employment Program

Employment Program

Creating Economic Opportunity


Industry Workforce Partnerships

Industry Workforce Partnerships

Goal: Ensure that occupational education and training for underprepared adults is valuable in the labor market, and expand access to it.

Theory of Change: Increasing business investment and participation in occupational education and training programs will improve the relevance and quality of those programs, increasing the return to students and firms.

The Joyce Approach

  • Add to understanding of what makes for an effective industry workforce partnership through targeted research efforts;
  • Create a national research and communications platform for industries to more regularly and clearly articulate the knowledge, skills, abilities, and credentials needed for jobs by and across industries;
  • Build evidence that firms profit from policies that promote skill development along low-skill employees; and
  • Increase the number of apprenticeships and apprenticeship-like opportunities in the Great Lakes region.

Latest News From The Employment Program

10/15/2015 9:40:00 AM

Learning for Life: The Opportunity for Technology to Transform Adult Education

A new report released by Tyton Partners examines the technology gap in adult education.

9/28/2015 4:54:00 PM

2015 Shifting Gears Report Released

New workforce development strategies in 3 Midwestern states chart path for low-skilled adult workers to gain foothold in changing economy.


Joyce Foundation Approves 45 Grants

On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities.


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