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Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 2/9/2018
WSS completes another busy year! In 2017, we added a wide range of resources to our online resource library, covering topics such as career pathways, re-entry initiatives, self-employment training programs, and more. Highlighted in this announcement are the three resource profiles with the most online views on WSS in 2017. As you continue to visit the collection, look forward to seeing more focused announcements that highlight evidence-based research and emerging practices in 2018!
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 1/26/2018
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, a time to reflect on the past with an eye to the future, the profiles in this announcement focus on enhancing workforce-related outcomes for our diverse communities. These resources examine employment trends of young men of color, discuss workforce initiatives with potential to increase employment opportunities for such underutilized populations, and provide recommendations to help minority-owned businesses succeed.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 1/11/2018
Over the last decade, decision makers have given greater attention to young adults who are neither working nor in school, as these young people face many challenges during the transition into adulthood. Various projects have been created across the nation to find ways to successfully reengage these youth in the labor market. These reports take a closer look at building career paths for youth to not only improve their life outcomes, but also to help meet America's workforce needs.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 1/10/2018
According to the Wells Fargo/Gallup survey, small businesses report that their primary challenge is hiring and retaining qualified staff. To tackle this issue, policymakers increasingly promote work-based learning (WBL). WBL generally combines classroom learning with on-the-job experience, such as apprenticeships. These resources review current state policies supporting WBL, discuss components of effective WBL, and examine pre-apprenticeship programs in the construction industry.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 12/14/2017
Many studies investigate how to improve employment outcomes for low-income adults, resulting in a vast body of research that can be challenging for practitioners and policymakers to navigate. The Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER) assessed the rigor of such studies to help decision-makers identify programs shown to be effective for this population. This series of briefs presents some results of the ESER review.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 12/4/2017
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 15 million workers were self-employed in 2016. Self-employment can offer dislocated workers a path to financial security and economic mobility. In 2013, the Department of Labor funded the Self-Employment Training (SET) pilot in California, Illinois, Ohio and Oregon to help dislocated workers start their own businesses. These briefs discuss the early findings of the evaluation, which used random assignment to determine who received SET services.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 11/20/2017
Past recessions in the US have left invaluable lessons for policymakers. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the US experienced a rise in unemployment. As a result, the Department of Labor funded various projects to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of alternative reemployment services for Unemployment Insurance recipients. These WSS resources discuss evaluation results of the reemployment bonus experiments – conducted between 1984 and 1989 – in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington State.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 11/4/2017
The economic competitiveness of the United States hinges on the strength of its workforce. Developing a skilled workforce, however, requires a keen understanding of workforce needs and a plan to address those needs. The resources in this announcement compare the skills of the U.S. workforce with other countries, describe the characteristics of workers who lack foundational skills, and offer ways stakeholders can help enhance these skills, such as improving the quality of vocational training.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 10/23/2017
Local Workforce Boards are charged with coordinating their local plans with their state’s workforce goals. The implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) created changes to the responsibilities and structure of these boards. For example, WIOA reduced the number of required members. While resources in this announcement focus largely on WIA, they also include useful information for boards and other stakeholders in governing their local workforce systems under WIOA.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 10/9/2017
To increase the ability of community colleges to address today’s workforce needs, the TAACCCT program awarded nearly $2 billion dollars to more than 700 community colleges. The TAACCCT grants focus on strengthening these colleges by building industry-aligned training programs in manufacturing, health care, transportation, IT, and energy. The WSS resources in this announcement look at the impacts of three TAACCCT grants awarded to community colleges in CT, SD, and DE