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Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 12/7/2018
Why do so many older Americans work past retirement age? Can they not afford to retire or do other factors explain their continued participation in the workforce? To further discussions about policy proposals and program expansions, with the potential to improve older adults’ lives, these resources explore why older workers continue to work and provide a snapshot of their labor force participation rates by demographic group and type of occupation.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 11/20/2018
This week, we highlight resources that describe innovative alternative pathways that develop the skills of opportunity youth and adults. The first resource presents a six-pillar career pathways framework that includes enrollment policies, participant support, labor market alignment, connections to jobs, training mix, and program financial stability. The second resource profiles agencies such as the Stride Center, Year Up, and Hack the Hood; which demonstrate effectiveness within the six pillars.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 11/9/2018
This Veterans Day, Workforce System Strategies summarizes studies that explore employment strategies for veterans! The first provides a synthesis of veterans’ access to multiple workforce development programs and presents veteran employment outcomes compared to non-veterans. The second explains how to best use work readiness when identifying job opportunities for veterans. The last report focuses on military occupational specialties and their civilian occupation counterparts.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 10/29/2018
National American Indian Heritage Month gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to the rich history and culture of Native Americans. This month, we highlight two resources that showcase job training programs across different tribal communities in North Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Alaska. Both resources document the need for culturally sensitive and customized strategies to meet the needs of Native students through supportive services and industry-recognized certificates and degrees.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 10/12/2018
How do you know if your program or initiative is effective? How do you gather proven practices or implement evidence-based practices? To respond to these questions, WSS presents three research and evaluation resources! The following resources provide cases for using evidenced-based practices, advancing evidence-based decision-making, and applying two research methodologies–opportunistic experiments and qualitative methods—in human services programs and workforce collaboratives.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 9/29/2018
Across the country, educators are considering multiple strategies to help students learn and reach graduation. One strategy is competency-based education, which allows students to advance as they demonstrate a mastery of skills or content regardless of pace. These resources present recommendations to support competency-based education for overage and under-credited students, enrollment strategies for underrepresented and underprepared adults, and lessons from information technology programs.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 9/14/2018
In the gig economy, self-employed and contingent workers find work through digital platforms and other avenues. Developing strategies to serve these freelance or gig workers is challenging, and public workforce agencies rely on research about the gig economy and the needs of these types of workers to understand and address these challenges. These two resources highlight ways to support gig workers, including public employment markets, skills trainings, networking events, and employer engagement.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 9/10/2018
A postsecondary degree or credential is increasingly necessary for success in today's job market. That said, postsecondary attainment by underrepresented students continues to lag when compared to their peers. These resources provide recommendations and evidence to help policymakers increase rates of graduation and credential attainment among low-income and underprepared students, including immigrants, ex-offenders, opportunity youth, and adults without high school credentials.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 8/30/2018
This Labor Day, Workforce System Strategies summarizes studies that may maximize employment opportunities for low-income individuals! These resources present findings from the Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER). The first, provides a synthesis of primary employment and training strategies for low-income adults, while the second estimates the impact of these strategies on labor outcomes. The last report focuses on the impact of financial incentives and sanctions.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 8/7/2018
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