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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: 11/3/2017
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
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 9/25/2017
WIOA sets out to implement workforce education and employment system reforms to help strengthen the public workforce system. Although WIOA replaced WIA, recent studies under WIA sought to address research questions to inform such reforms. The resources in this announcement examine and compare the traditional American Job Center (AJC) model to an integrated intake model, illustrate how AJCs create networks for service delivery, and describe three program collaboration models for service delivery.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 9/8/2017
A Bureau of Justice Statistics study found that 7 out of 10 prisoners released in 2005 were rearrested within three years of release. Ex-offenders face various employment and life challenges post-release, which may be exacerbated by limited job skills. These resources spotlight early lessons in implementing the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) grants, which aimed to strengthen partnerships between the jail and workforce system to promote successful reentry of this population.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 8/14/2017
In the past few years, sector strategies have gained traction in the United States’ labor market. Some policy makers and practitioners have adopted these strategies to better meet the needs of both workers and employers. The WSS resources described in this announcement provide a framework for understanding best practices, challenges when implementing sector strategies, and also discuss the results of an impact evaluation study on a sector strategy model called WorkAdvance.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 7/28/2017
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare occupations are projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster and with a higher median annual wage than the average for all occupations. The following resources describe results from three Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) studies. HPOG provides training to low-income individuals for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 7/18/2017
The pathway to postsecondary success differs for individuals of varying personal backgrounds, financial situations, and locations. The following resources examine efforts to increase equity in postsecondary education that may enhance the diversity of an educated workforce. The topics include an intervention model highlighting differences among first-generation college students' backgrounds, financial resources for low-income and non-traditional students, and place-based scholarship programs.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 6/30/2017
This July 4th the Workforce System Strategies team reflects on the status of employment in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the unemployment rate has been decreasing, the employment-to-population ratio of adults ages 25 to 54 remains below pre-recession levels. The resources below summarize findings from studies of subsidized employment programs and interventions designed to improve employment outcomes for low-income adults and individuals with barriers to employment.