Provides a collection of thirty articles on wide-ranging workforce development program modernization strategies from nearly 70 workforce development experts, based on evidence-based research and promising practices from experts in the field.

“This volume includes a wide range of chapters and case studies that examine the state of the labor market and potentially transformative workforce development and education strategies and policies designed to improve opportunities for job seekers, students, and workers, especially those encountering the greatest difficulties in the labor market. Ideally, these strategies and policies would meet the needs of employers and society for a highly skilled, well-educated, competitive, and productive workforce. They also would deliver effective and efficient solutions that can be adopted by federal, state, or local/regional governments, as well as by educational institutions, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Several chapters and case studies focus exclusively on addressing the difficulties experienced by the long-term unemployed, those with limited formal education, older and youth workers, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The authors examine the funding and performance of unemployment insurance, postsecondary education, reemployment programs, Workforce Investment Boards, the labor exchange system, and the potential impact of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The authors describe evidence-based strategies and policies from states, communities, and private firms that offer some potential for meeting the fundamental needs of job seekers and employers” (p.1-2).

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Major Findings & Recommendations

“This volume brings together the contributions from leading scholars and practitioners that describe significant policy and program reforms to address the current major workforce challenges. The volume is divided into four parts. Part 1, ‘Transforming the U.S. Workforce Development System’ examines the strengths and limitations of U.S. workforce policies for workers, with special attention to the needs of the long-term unemployed, those with limited formal education, individuals with disabilities, older workers, minority adults, and youth. The chapters in this section describe and analyze the funding and performance of the public labor exchange, unemployment insurance, postsecondary education, reemployment programs, and Workforce Investment Boards. Part 2, ‘Redesigning Workforce Development Strategies,’ offers ideas to help educators and workforce programs better serve employers and job seekers, tasks that will require several fundamental changes in policy and practice. Authors cover such topics as improving labor market and career information and intelligence, reforming unemployment insurance, restructuring postsecondary education financial assistance programs, delivering online training and education courses, improving credentialing, developing performance reporting, and integrating employers into the development and delivery of education and skills training. Part 3, ‘Building Evidence-Based Policy and Practice,’ includes chapters and case studies that examine how systematic data collection and analysis and evaluations are being used to improve state and local workforce programs. These authors demonstrate that such approaches can be effective in transforming policies to better serve job seekers, students, and employers. Part 4, ‘Targeted Strategies,’ includes chapters and case studies on effective policies and programs for meeting the needs of American workers and employers. Authors highlight evidence-based practices from states and communities and describe why these approaches offer potential for helping both job seekers and employers. The authors consider how these practices could become more widely available throughout the United States…” (p.6-7). (Abstractor: Author)