WSS Top Profiles 2016
Calendar year 2016 has been busy for WSS! A wide range of profiles are now available, covering topics such as apprenticeships, job readiness services, career pathways, and more! As this year ends, we are highlighting the three profiles with the most views on WSS since Workforce GPS was launched in April 2016. We look forward to sharing more engaging studies and informative insights with you in 2017.
New Approaches for Supporting the Mature Worker: The Experiences of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Aging Workforce Initiative Grantees. This report explores the implementation of the Aging Worker Initiative (AWI) demonstration. It outlines lessons learned from the initiative and provides policy recommendations. In 2009, AWI grants were awarded to ten organizations focused on workforce development across the country. The grants aim to “…address the workforce challenges facing older individuals by developing models for talent development in regional economies that recognize older workers as a valuable labor pool and include employment and training strategies to retain and/or connect older workers to jobs in high growth, high demand industries critical to the regional economy’” (p.5). Based on the experiences of these ten grantees, the report recommends ways the public workforce system could better serve mature workers.
Strategic Employer Engagement: Building Dynamic Relationships with Employers in Teen and Young Adult Employment Programs. This practitioner’s guide provides tools, as well as detailed instructions for how to use them, that may help workforce development professionals engage employers around offering training and work experience to teens and young adults. The authors recommend practitioners use a strategic employer engagement model which “…emphasizes the value of building a dynamic relationship with employers—one which includes connections with the people and departments who will help to ensure a successful job placement” (p.4). The guide outlines a five-step process designed to help workforce development professionals achieve this level of employer engagement. Under each step, the guide provides a variety of tools, such as self-assessments for the practitioner, questions to ask employers, and activities for the two to do together.
Applying for ETA Competitive Grants: A Web-Based Toolkit for Prospective Applicants. This toolkit provides both seasoned and first-time Employment and Training Administration (ETA) grant applicants with guidance on ETA's grant programs, the competitive grant application process, and the application review process. It includes links to websites that post open grant funding opportunities and identifies specific dates, numbers, and summary descriptions that are important to consider when reviewing solicitations for grant announcements. The toolkit also shares insights about the submission process, such as information about how ETA evaluates grant applications and guidance for aligning their project with the solicitation.