Improving the skills, knowledge, and credential attainment of American workers is an urgent priority. Labor market forecasts point to significant skills shortages looming in the future, despite high unemployment. If left unaddressed, these shortages could slow the process of economic recovery and reduce our competitiveness in the global economy. Career pathway systems offer an effective approach to meeting these challenges. Through better alignment of education, training, and employment services among public agencies, they hold the promise of increasing the number of workers in the U.S. who gain the industry-recognized and academic credentials they need to work in the most in-demand occupations. This new toolkit, released this week by the Employment and Training Administration, will provide a roadmap for States and local areas interested in applying the career pathway approach to solving pressing workforce challenges.
This TEN announces the partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to provide better services to job seekers, workers and employers. The TEN discusses the types of partnership activities such as co-locating One-Stop Career Centers and libraries and training library staff on resources available through the workforce system. The TEN also highlights examples of workforce-library partnerships at the state and local levels.
The budget for the U.S. Department of Labor for Fiscal Year 2010 includes a total of $45 million to support and study transitional jobs. This paper describes the origins of the transitional jobs models that are operating today, reviews the evidence on the effectiveness of this approach and other subsidized employment models, and offers some suggestions regarding the next steps for program design and research. The paper was produced for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by MDRC as part of the Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ project, which includes two random assignment evaluations of transitional jobs programs. Transitional jobs programs provide temporary, wage-paying jobs, support services, and job placement help to individuals who have difficulty getting and holding jobs in the regular labor market. Although recent evaluation results have raised doubts about whether TJ programs, as currently designed, are an effective way to improve participants’ long-term employment prospects, the studies have also confirmed that TJ programs can be operated at scale, can create useful work opportunities for very disadvantaged people, and can lead to critical indirect impacts such as reducing recidivism among former prisoners. Thus, in drawing lessons from the recent results, the paper argues that it may be important to think more broadly about the goals of TJ programs while simultaneously testing new strategies that may produce better long-term employment outcomes.
Based on significant work in the field, the authors of this paper identify three major contextual issues shaping the re-authorization of the Workforce Investment Act: 1) the imperative across the United States for better systems integration; 2) the realization that social change happens most effectively at the regional level; and 3) the need for new systems of accountability that better integrate the outputs of both economic development and workforce development systems. This paper then suggests critical workforce system characteristics and policy factors that are needed to assure the success of collaborative strategic efforts.
This is the February 20, 2014 news release announcing the availability of $150 million in funding to support "Ready to Work Partnership Grants."
The Employment and Training Administration has established a webpage in support of the Long-Term Unemployed H-1B Ready to Work Partnerships grant program (Ready to Work).
Profile of current projects underway through the Chicago Jobs Council.
The White House Fact Sheet details new and ongoing efforts to assist the long-term unemployed. The Fact Shee previews a DOL solication that will be released in February 2014.
FAA is launching an outreach and recruitment program for air traffic controllers. FAA has announced an invitational call for January 23 to discuss the timetables and details.
This item addresses a new webiste hosted by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership which houses reports and resarch designed to "fuel vibrant discussion and debate about the future of manufacturing in the United States."
This item provides a link to the "Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits" recently launched by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Family Assistance.
Policymakers and the public alike are embracing “college and career readiness” as the solution, but what does it mean? Much of the policy debate focuses on college entrance and completion, without remediation, as a solution. However, college readiness is only part of the answer. What is needed is a more comprehensive strategy that bridges the gap between education and workforce preparation. To find that solution, the Career Readiness Partner Council was formed in 2012. The Council unites leaders from national education and workforce organizations with the goal of bringing clarity and focus to what it means to be career ready. This document highlights the outcome of the collaborative efforts of the Council to help inform policy and practice in states and communities.
This new online resource, created by the Employment and Training Administration in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, provides a wealth of information on health care careers and job opportunities.