Examine the competencies needed for specific entry-level jobs, targeting the top industry sectors and occupational clusters in the region, and work to promote a competency-based screening process that would allow employers to rethink existing screens like criminal background checks, credit histories, and educational credentials. Build on the Skills@Work initiative from the Greater Twin Cities United Way and Governor’s Workforce Development Council to advance screening tools and promote a broader change in hiring practices.
Promote and expand the use of Minneapolis’ Racial Equity Assessment Toolkit by individual employers and sector or industry leaders to address issues of inclusivity and job retention. Using the toolkit for analysis coupled with expansion of successful programs would encourage and assist inclusive workplace behaviors in the region.
Use existing state resources, like the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program, to support business-led interventions that have racial equity in employment as an explicit goal.
Encourage local Workforce Investment Boards, local elected officials, philanthropic partners and regional business leaders to make a commitment to racial equity in employment – and to direct public, private, and philanthropic resources to closing employment gaps by race as a primary goal. With this commitment, explore the degree to which existing public funds could be targeted to reaching this goal and what additional investment is needed.
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