Why is this Workforce Development Study Essential?
Job mobility pipelines and wealth creation are essential elements in creating an equitable, diverse workforce. Today, the equity gaps are substantial. However, we can foster systemic change. We can create a Delaware where financial empowerment – ample access to jobs, the ability to stay relevant/in-demand, higher-paying career pathways, and asset attainment is in reach for every adult, regardless of zip code, race or ethnicity.
That’s the bold goal of United Way of Delaware (UWDE) and the Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative (DRJC). For decades, UWDE has worked to promote social justice, eliminate inequities and expand opportunities for all Delawareans. Today, UWDE is expanding the impact of the DRJC by deploying its collective infrastructure and resources to amplify and support the DRJC’s community-based initiatives, promoting racial equity and social justice for all.
Together with our partners, we have a big vision for the future of Delaware – where all Delawareans have an equitable opportunity to thrive. We know that the foundation necessary to thrive is a solid, living wage and a path to a career where there are ample opportunities for advancement, increased income and wealth creation.
We are reimagining Delaware as an equity-centered talent development hub for historically underserved individuals, businesses, investments and their educational/corporate allies.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has identified a “reskilling emergency” noting that: by 2022, 42% of the core skills required to perform existing jobs are expected to change, and more than a billion people (globally) will need to be reskilled by 2030.
The ultimate goal for Delaware is to create a talent pipeline whereby our diverse population becomes the innovative workforce of tomorrow, with skills, credentials and capabilities that are aligned with our industry needs, emerging markets and growing trends at the state, county and localized level. And, as we build a robust workforce development pipeline, we are consciously hyper-focused to ensure that our pipeline includes continual opportunities for improvement, retraining, stackable certifications, small business development and reentry opportunities so that our workforce that starts in Delaware, stays in Delaware.
How will this Workforce Development Study Inform Action?
To build this future-ready talent pipeline, we need to prepare now, by applying an equity-centered, data-driven approach to identifying and building adaptable programs and policies, that also embed fairness and equitable access to opportunity and advancement across the state. Capturing the voice and needs of all stakeholders is essential in this process – the business community needs to be heard, the real barriers for our workforce need to be identified and limitations of preparation programs need to be alleviated. Ultimately, there has to be alignment between what businesses need now and into the future, and the programs being sustained, expanded or developed to prepare our workforce.
The Workforce Development Study will take a deep dive into the current state of workforce development in Delaware, through a comprehensive and equity-focused lens. This study will be conducted by an external Consultant who will:
Identify other stakeholders conducting similar studies, align to minimize duplicative work where possible
Create a library of other workforce development studies/research/articles
Identify current workforce deficits and opportunities in Delaware – at the state, county, and local level
Identify future industry and innovation trends in Delaware – public, private, nonprofit sectors
Conduct a landscape analysis with robust tagging/sorting capabilities of current workforce development/education programs, trainings, resources in Delaware focused on any aspect of workforce development including but not limited to: businesses, organized labor, Delaware Pathways, public/private organizations, higher education, economic development offices, Workforce Development Board, Office of Work Based Learning and DOL Employment and Training.
Furthermore, identify which of the programs, trainings, and resources from the landscape analysis in Delaware that are focused on any aspect of workforce development that explicitly address equity and equitable access to programs
Create a mapping of programs, organizations, opportunities, barriers and gaps from high school Pathways through the lifecycle of career paths across all industries in Delaware, in full and from an equity perspective.
Gather and analyze current funding streams and aligned outcome goals to identify areas of inefficiency, overlap, gaps, underutilization of resources and opportunities for amplifying impact and equity
Find and analyze other regional (similar size/demographics) workforce development initiatives to pinpoint three successfully, sustained private/ for profit/ nonprofit models in action
Identify current data sources and metrics to measure and track outcomes and impact
Write and publish a report detailing findings, recommendations, and a plan for immediate, short-term and long-term actions
Workforce Development Study - Request for Proposals
Goal: Seek and hire Consultant(s) to conduct and produce the results of the study, supported by UWDE.
Consultant(s) will own the process from start to finish.
Phase 1 - Research
Phase 2 - Draft Report
Phase 3 - Final Report in Text Format
Phase 4 - Revisions, New Information Gathering/Additions
Phase 5 - Produce Final Publication
Any governmental, nonprofit or private-for-profit organization(s) or individuals may apply. Responders must have knowledge, background, and extensive experience in conducting statewide or regional workforce development studies or similar projects tied to education and/or workforce development.
RFP Due Date: Friday, February 4, 2022 - 5pm EASTERN
RFP Submission Process:
Please submit your RFP application to Laurie Girardi, UWDE, through this form:
Send a follow-up email to Laurie Girardi at email@example.com to confirm your submission.
If you have any technical troubles, please contact Laurie at
February 11, 2022 - Semi-Finalists notified via email.
February 16-18, 2022 - Conduct Interviews with Semi-Finalists
February 23-24, 2022 - Final Interviews with Finalists
February 28, 2022 - RFP Award Announced to all who applied
March 7, 2022 - Phase 1 of Work Begins, Benchmarks Agreed Upon for Phases 1-2
August 19, 2022 - Phase 2 Complete - Full Draft of Report Due for Internal and Funder Review
September 16, 2022 - Phase 3 Complete - Final Report in Text Format Due, Graphic Recommendations Due
October 17, 2022 - Phase 4 Complete - Revisions/Additions Due
November 30, 2022 - Phase 5 Complete - Final Publication Ready for Print/Publishing
December 15, 2022 - Release Publicly