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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 2/9/2016

    For many families, childcare is a barrier to employment.  Between nonstandard working hours and a lack of affordable, high quality childcare options, many parents, particularly low-income parents, are forced to make decisions that favor employment or childcare at the expense of the other option.  Under these circumstances, childcare is increasingly a workforce issue that will have both short-term and long-term effects on participating workers and local economies.

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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 2/9/2016

    To recognize National Mentor Day on January 17 and affirm adult mentoring as one of the youth program elements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, below are selected resources that highlight the benefits and outcomes of the mentor relationship.

  • Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 2/9/2016

    Calendar year 2015 has been busy for WSS! A wide range of profiles are now available, covering topics such as career pathways, sector strategies, rigorous evaluations of place-based programs, and more! As this year ends, we are highlighting the three profiles with the most online views on WSS since January 2015. We look forward to sharing more engaging studies and informative insights in 2016!

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    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 12/15/2015

    Increasing school-age efforts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a growing educational policy priority, while enhancing workers’ abilities in these content areas are strategic methods for career opportunities, change and advancement. STEM-focused education and training have been recognized as effective strategies to increase competitiveness in the global economy, yet finding qualified workers to fill vacancies is still a challenge.

  • Group Studying
    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 12/7/2015

    In the increasingly competitive job market, community colleges play a significant role as sources of post-secondary education, occupational skills training, and credential attainment.  To best serve low-income individuals and other adult education students, many of these schools are seeking innovative programming, outside partnerships, and reformed system models.

  • Men in hard hats
    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 11/17/2015

    For generations, the apprenticeship model has provided workers with a roadmap to a skills-based career. As the workforce system looks to further develop career pathways, apprenticeships will play a key role in providing individuals work-based training and long-term career options with progressive responsibilities and wages. 

  • Map and compass
    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 11/3/2015

    In honor of those who have served our country in the armed forces this November 11th, the WSS team would like to highlight resources that discuss opportunities for veterans in the workplace and classroom. Upon return to civilian life, many veterans choose to expand upon their technical skills and education by seeking additional employment training or returning to post-secondary studies.

  • Collective hands
    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 11/3/2015

    Employment incentive programs provide earned benefits to poor and low-income individuals as they reach particular employment benchmarks.  While various incentive programs require certain conditions to be met, workforce practitioners and policy makers continue to look for the right combination of factors that will ultimately lead to enhanced employment, quality of life, and self-sufficiency for American workers. 

  • Puzzle Pieces
    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 10/6/2015

    The national unemployment rate has steadily improved since early 2011, yet there are still many out-of-work individuals that rely on unemployment insurance (“UI”) when they are in between jobs.  UI eligibility is primarily determined by individual states and based upon prior earning, claim filings, ability and availability to work, and job search activities.  

  • Older Woman
    Workforce System Strategies
    Posted On: 9/22/2015

    Older Americans are staying in the workforce for longer periods of time. However, employing older workers has some challenges for those seeking to remain active in the labor force.  The following publications are a few within the WSS profiles collection that discuss programs and policies geared towards supporting older workers.