Overview of Pay for Success Projects The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a lengthy descriptive report on Pay for Success (PFS) projects, including two funded by the U.S. Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Drawing upon the GAO report and other sources, we've summarized these efforts, highlighting employment-related issues, and assembled a list of references for those seeking more information. Experiments with PFS and Pay for Performance (PFP) have been endorsed by the Obama Administration, and this new approach to financing government social programs has garnered widespread interest. Our detailed 5-page summary will help you understand this sometimes confusing subject, and bring you up to speed on its evolution. To see it, CLICK "DOWNLOAD NOW" ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS SCREEN.
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.
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.
An invitation to the public workforce system to participate in a Workforce Innovation Fund grantee meeting on March 27, 2014.
This post encourages the public workforce system to respond to a series of questions to determine how local business may be responding to the President's call to examine hiring practices for the long-term unemployed.
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.
These two papers were released at the January 31 White House event which focused on the long-term unemployed.
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.
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."
Two years ago, The Workplace, a work force development program in Connecticut, launched "Platform to Employment" (P2E), a five week find-a-job program tailored to the older, long-term unemployed. The total number of graduates so far is small (131) but P2E's record of success is so impressive--87 percent of graduates have found full-time work—that a consortium of employers, philanthropies and interest groups, including AARP, Wal-Mart and Citigroup, is now poised to clone P2E and roll it out across 10 cities.
The Cumberland County Public Library is one of 10 libraries being recognized for its programs to serve patrons in an economic downturn. Of those services being recognized, one includes the Job Search Toolkit developed by the State Library of North Carolina in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The Job Search Toolkit, developed in 2009, was created in so libraries across the state could proactively assist jobseekers with needed resources to assist with online job searches, resume preparation, completing job applications, and more.
Ottawa County Michigan Works is an example of the role Workforce Boards play in economic development and business attraction. This 2 minute video, filmed by the National Association of Workforce Boards, gives a snapshot of how local WIBs can engage businesses for the benefit of jobseekers.