Focusing on people rather than businesses makes workforce development attempts to enhance economic stability by addressing issues such as low-skilled workers or the need for more training in a specific industry.
Strategies usually focus on addressing the needs of people in a particular community or the needs of a skill for a specific industry in the neighborhood.
Historically, the responsibility has been in the hands of the government since the inception of public schools. Public schools, in effect, replaced apprenticeships in learning a specific trade. However, with America's educational system ranking 38th out of 71 countries*, there is much room for improvement.
Further, when urban communities do not have access to the same educational opportunities, workforce development becomes even more critical for setting up future success.