Saint Louis, Missouri is Preparing for a Workforce Revolution

Dr. Alice M Prince

Beginning July 1, 2018, the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) will be sparking a Workforce Revolution in the City of St. Louis. SLATE is the Workforce Division, Office of the Mayor for the City of St. Louis.

The concept of a Work Revolution was sparked by, Dr. Alice M Prince; the Executive Director of Workforce for the City of St. Louis after attending the US Conference of Mayors in the Boston June 2018. The US Conference of Mayors is arguably one of the most impressive conferences in the Nation. Hundreds of Mayors from Cities around the country convene to hear best practices, learn from one another, and gain information about other issues that impact cities on the local level. Leaving the conference, Dr. Prince was energized, and had two lofty goals: start a Workforce Revolution in the City of St. Louis and spark Workforce Revolutions all over the country. “We need a Workforce Revolution to change the trajectory of our community, our future, or politics, and most importantly how we handle our most precious capital in the United States – human capital,” says Dr. Prince. The City of St. Louis like other cities around the country are plagued with a high murder and crimes rates and high unemployment rates. Something has to change.

The Workforce Revolution will need workforce leaders who are unafraid to answer the cries of the community using techniques that have never been used before to achieve results that will completely transform disenfranchised communities. The mindset of policymakers, leaders, and practitioners must be open to innovative service delivery techniques. A Workforce Revolution is going to require workforce partners to instill hope into the community and increase service accessibility. The workforce partners will have to collaborate with grassroots organizations, integrate depression awareness and suicide prevention inside of the workforce programs, be part of the solution for opioid addictions and substance abuse, and deal with social justice issues such as police brutality. Also, integrate other means of life-changing tools such as financial literacy, homeownership, and aggressively make options available such as entrepreneurship, apprenticeships, and trades (not just college).

For more information regarding the Workforce Revolution please log on to www.stlworks.com or follow Dr. Alice M Prince on twitter at @alicemprince.

To learn more about SLATE programs and services, please visit www.stlworks.com or call (314) 589-8000.

As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, SLATE is prohibited from discriminating on the grounds of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and against the beneficiary’s citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States. SLATE is the City of St. Louis government agency that offers job seekers and businesses a variety of no-cost services related to employment, job training, and career advancement. For more information, visit SLATE online at www.stlworks.com.

Disclaimer: SLATE is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Missouri Relay Service at 711.

Source: City of St. Louis - Workforce Division


Categories: Government News

Tags: Alice Prince, apprenticeships, employment, inclusion, jobs, prison, social justice, St. Louis, unemployment, US Conference of Mayors, Workforce


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