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Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 6/8/2016
On WSS, Level 3 “Supporting Resources” include resources that are not research studies, but may provide important insights into effective strategies from a technical assistance perspective. Level 3 resources include models, frameworks, toolkits, guides, as well as program or policy analyses, often developed with peer/experiential input, and designed to support strategy implementation. Examples include:
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 5/31/2016
Even though the unemployment rate for United States veterans has decreased from 5.3% in 2014 to 4.6% in 2015, recent reports indicate that there will be additional cuts to active duty and reserve members in 2016. The following WSS resources provide information about eligibility, use of scholarships, and the application of military skills to the civilian workplace for service members transitioning to civilian life, military spouses, and future civilian employers of veterans.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 5/17/2016
Many programs and policies are currently in place to assist justice-involved individuals with barriers to employment re-enter the workforce, build self-sufficiency, and develop soft-skills. The following WSS resources highlight business models that succeed in providing transferable skills and work experience for individuals with barriers to employment; present informational data on former offenders in the labor market; and guide practitioners in aiding juveniles to get back on track.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 5/3/2016
Many urban areas face changes with expanding populations. As cities grow, civic leaders, government agencies, and employers seek to invest in infrastructure, housing, and workforce development to create vibrant, equitable, and safe places to work and live. The following WSS resources examine strategies that emphasize economic inclusion in neighborhood revitalization efforts, successful collaboration through citizen engagement, and career pathways to strengthen the middle-skills workforce.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 4/19/2016
As Earth Day approaches on April 22, 2016, we turn our attention to recent workforce studies about green jobs in the energy and environmental service sectors. Green jobs support the green sector economy and contribute to environmental sustainability. The following WSS resources examine community college and other education sector efforts to establish green programs, as well as highlight benefits of green jobs pathways and occupations for disconnected or low-income individuals and communities.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 4/5/2016
Employment in healthcare support occupations is projected to grow by 23% between 2014 and 2024. As one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, the healthcare industry will need to meet rising demand with a high quality workforce. The following resources within the WSS profile collection present outcomes from healthcare pathways programs; analyze the current pre-baccalaureate healthcare workforce; and describe a framework for programs bringing marginalized youth into healthcare careers.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 3/23/2016
Career pathways, a model used as a means to a clear sequence of education coursework and/or training credentials aligned to the local and regional industry skills needs, is an integral part of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Under WIOA, new, stronger, and comprehensive local and state career pathways systems improve economic development in local communities, workforce agency partnerships, employer relationships, and program and service alignment.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 3/8/2016
According to current labor statistics, 57% of women participate in the American workforce. As personal characteristics among the female workforce population fluctuate, participation rates and barriers to employment also shift. To celebrate Women’s History Month and the advances of women in the workforce, the following WSS profiles within the collection highlight data, case studies, and the experiences of women in workforce and job training programs.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 2/24/2016
High unemployment and poverty rates face many Native American populations across the United States. To combat these statistics, improve the economic situations for individuals and families, and support educational and workforce attainment, it is important to maintain avenues of support and help for Native populations.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 2/11/2016
In observance of Black History Month (also known as African American History Month), a time to remember events and people leading change, the selected WSS profiles from our collection focus on enhancing workforce and education outcomes for people of color. The following resources examine community-driven efforts that address educational outcomes and highlight governmental policies and workforce strategies with potential to support improved career placement and educational attainment.