In this announcement, we spotlight ETA staff-recommended resources that cover a range of topics. The first two resources are select tools that promote effective budget and cost allocation methods, and the sustainability of grant-funded programs. The third describes the characteristics of American workers with limited foundational skills and provides strategies that employers use to develop their talent pipelines. For more staff picks, visit the WorkforceGPS online resource collection library.

Sample MOU and Infrastructure Costs Toolkit. 2017. This toolkit may be used as a reference guide when developing a one-stop operating budget, infrastructure funding agreements, and cost allocation methodologies to conform to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other requirements. The toolkit includes a sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), as well as cost allocation and partner contribution analyses. “[T]he local information contained in this sample MOU and cost allocation analyses is hypothetical and should be adapted to meet the particular circumstances in…[the] local area.”


TAACCCT Sustainability Toolkit. 2016. This toolkit provides program managers, directors, and other stakeholders with tools and strategies to create a sustainability plan for innovations funded by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants. It includes a guide and accompanying worksheets to help career pathway teams develop plans to make those innovations a permanent part of their colleges systems and help students build successful careers. Additionally, the toolkit describes “a few of the many innovations created across the core elements of TAACCCT, and provides examples of the strategies that grantees have used to sustain those innovations.”


Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Limited Foundational Skills in the Service Sector. 2017. This report examines the characteristics of American workers in the service industry with a particular focus on their literacy, numeracy, and technology skills. It cites that “… 62% of service sector workers in the target occupational categories have limited literacy skills, and an even higher 74% have limited numeracy skills. A similar 73% lack digital problem solving skills.” The report also offers strategies that employers can use to support their workers, such as participating “in sector partnerships to identify talent gaps and meet training needs.” “The BEST Corp. Hospitality Training Center is one example of a sector partnership…[where employers] provide detailed input on the curricula, design, and focus of the training, which includes both classroom instruction as well as extended ‘job shadowing’ experiences in which new trainees work alongside established hotel staff to learn the ropes.”