Revamped career pathways toolkit that reflects the new WIOA legislation and is designed for state level staff.

“This revised Toolkit continues the spirit of the original Career Pathways Toolkit: to provide the workforce system with a framework, resources, and tools for states and local partners to develop, implement, and sustain career pathways systems and programs. This revised Toolkit acknowledges many of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) strategic investments to create and sustain a demand-driven employment and training system as part of a larger national effort. It incorporates the Career One-Stop competency model as a building block for creating career pathway programs and references the Career One-Stop credentials Toolkit as an easy way to search existing industry-recognized credentials. This version also maintains the original framework but reflects substantial gains in knowledge and experience as well as reflects the system’s new guiding legislation, WIOA” (p.3).

“The primary audience for this Toolkit is staff who work at the state level representing one of the core partners required to develop a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified Plan. The core partners include the State Workforce Agency, the State Adult Education Agency, and the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency overseeing Title I, II, III and IV of WIOA. In addition to the core partners, there are other important partners engaged in this work that may be included so that the state can develop a more comprehensive combined plan. The additional partners are listed in Element One of this Toolkit. State agencies that have oversight over WIOA core partners as well as other critical agencies may wish to participate on the State’s career pathways leadership team” (p.3).

The 2011 version of this toolkit was called, Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success, and can be found HERE on the Workforce Systems Strategy site.

(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

Section One: Six Key Elements of Career Pathways “The first section of this Toolkit provides an overview of these elements and the overall framework for their implementation. The six elements are: 1. Build cross-agency partnerships and clarify roles 2. Identify industry sectors and engage employers 3. Design education and training programs 4. Identify funding needs and sources 5. Align policies and programs 6. Measure system change and performance” (p.4). Section Two: Team Tools/How To Guide for Facilitators: “The second section of the Toolkit presents the tools developed to assist leadership teams in building and sustaining their career pathways systems… Organized as a “how to” guide for facilitators, this section describes each tool’s purpose and gives instructions for how to use it. You may download each tool via links in the text” (p.4). Section Three: Resources: “The final section of the Toolkit is a collection of additional resources that may be useful to a team in developing a career pathway system. This section includes a glossary of terms, a list of resources and links that facilitators and leadership teams have found valuable in supporting their career pathways systems development, and a bibliography of sources referenced and reviewed in the development of the Toolkit” (p.4). (Abstractor: Author)