How we can help
SJI is an experienced provider of tailored consulting and technical assistance to government agencies, funders, community colleges, community-based organizations and others. We currently assist these entities in the following interconnected areas:
Workforce Program Design and Development
- SJI has more than 20 years of experience as a workforce intermediary designing, developing and implementing sector-based employment and training programs that meet the needs of low-income and low-skill adults as well as local businesses.
- We help organizations/agencies design and implement effective new workforce programs – or improve existing ones—by integrating best/promising practices, data design, “people-centered” design (see below), process improvement, and staff training.
Workforce Funding / SNAP E&T Program Development
- SJI is a national expert in developing and implementing SNAP E&T programs at both a statewide and service provider (third-party partner) level.
- Since 2015, SJI has been the federally-contracted organization operating the SNAP to Skills Project in partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, providing in-depth SNAP E&T technical assistance to 10 States each year and developing a national platform for the program. Access the SNAP to Skills website HERE.
- SJI is also directly engaged by States, Counties, municipalities, funders and providers to help them build high-quality SNAP E&T programs. To learn more about how SJI can help you with your program and to access SNAP E&T resources, view our SNAP E&T Consulting/Technical Assistance page HERE, or our SNAP E&T Resource Center
Labor Market and Related Research/Analysis
- SJI has extensive experience conducting in-depth research into local labor markets to help workforce systems and providers (governments, colleges, community-based organizations, etc.) to identify promising sectors and occupations to target for job training programs.
- We closely analyze data as well as develop valuable information from local businesses to ensure that programs are best tailored to meet business needs and lead to well-paying careers.
- SJI also provides organizations/agencies with other research and analysis support, including demographics, community needs assessment, partner/participant surveys, etc.
- SJI is an experienced program evaluator, with expertise in conducting both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis to assist individual organizations/agencies, collaborations, systems and funders to evaluate both the implementation processes and impact of workforce development and related social service programs.
Systems Mapping and Integration
- SJI is experienced in helping workforce and social service organizations/agencies and systems (e.g., public housing, human services) to identify and map resources available (and gaps in resources) needed to help individuals with barriers seeking to become competitive for living-wage careers.
- Using a People-Centered Design approach (above), SJI can help systems such as WIOA, SNAP/SNAP E&T, TANF and others better integrate and align to create a more seamless and efficient system of training and supports for customers and provider partners.