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Workforce Development is Everyone’s Business ®

The Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD) is recognized for shaping discussions on workforce development. This page contains resources to help you learn more about workforce development, the importance of employee learning, and ATD's government relations work in the U.S.


2018 Skills Gap whitepaper cover

Bridging the Skills Gap is the Association's sixth whitepaper that explores the growing importance of talent to organizational performance and the skills gap that threatens so many organizations today. Updated in 2018!


Using Public Resources to Enhance Learning

In this ATD publication, you will learn about available resources as well as the process for accessing public funding for training—both for individual career development, and for organizations that want to expand their employee training programs with the help of grants or tax credits. Also included are case studies from organizations that have successfully worked with partners in the government workforce investment system to supplement or build on their training and career development programs.

State Funded Training Resources

This tool helps practitioners identify state resources for training including grant funding, tax credits, or other public programs for specific industries and populations. With the help of Hickey & Associates, this tool provides the name of each state-based training program, the status of the program, and a direct link to more information.

VIDEO: Public Funding for Training is "Closer Than You Think"

This short video, produced by Newport News Shipbuilding for the ATD Public Policy Council, provides an overview of how companies can engage with the public workforce system to access federal training grants and partnerships with local colleges. If your organization is facing a skills gap or other critical workforce development need, it's worth it to explore the potential that exists within the public workforce system.

2018 ATD Public Policy Advisory Group

ATD's Public Policy Advisory Group is a consortium of talent development leaders representing organizations and educational institutions who assist ATD in educating and advocating for public policies that support building a highly-skilled workforce.

Nancy Harvin
Training Manager
Newport News Shipbuilding

Jerry Kaminkski
Manager – Instructional Design/Vendor Management
Learning and Development
Consumers Energy

Cristina Masucci, CPLP
Senior Instructional Designer, Blended Learning
Learning and Performance
Sodexo, NorAm

Paul Smith
Corporate Talent Development Manager
Waldinger Corporation

ATD Staff Contact:
Kristen Fyfe-Mills
Associate Director, Communications

Track Public Policy Issues

ATD monitors bills introduced in the United States Senate and House of Representatives that have a connection to or impact on training and talent development. Contact ATD about federal legislation introduced in the 115th Congress (Jan. 4, 2017 - Jan. 3, 2019). Email

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