Employer-Paid Tuition Advancement for Low-Income Workers

Outlines one employers’ healthcare tuition-advancement policy that addresses a major barrier in the advancement of low-income workers while meeting the employers' workforce needs.

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Using Real-Time Labor Market Information on a Nationwide Scale

Evaluates the use of real-time labor market information (LMI) to better align postsecondary education and training programs with current labor market demand, particularly at the community college level.

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Unemployment Insurance in the Early 21st Century

Provides an overview of the American Unemployment Insurance (UI) system in comparison to that of European ones and attempts to identify lessons for the U.S. from the European experience.

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Community Workforce Agreements: Pathway to Career Opportunities

Community Workforce Agreements (CWAs) are a social compact for creating and developing bridges between communities and union apprenticeship programs that provide pathways to career opportunities.

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Global Wage Report 2012/13: Wages and Equitable Growth

Presents data on trends in wages around the world and compares them with trends in global labour productivity in order to analyze their complex political, social, and economic effects on…

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Webinars: Learn How To Maximize Your Use of Workforce System Strategies

Have you wished for an easy-to-use repository of recent workforce development research? Are you looking for ways to get the word out about your organization’s workforce development-related research findings? Do you have clients in the workforce system who need access to evidence-based findings? Take a look at the two webinars developed to provide interactive demonstrations on using the Workforce System Strategy site and real world examples of how we can help you find the resources you need.

Workforce System Strategies: A Tool for the Research Community
This short Webinar is designed specifically to introduce the workforce development research community to the research and implementation tools profiled on Workforce System Strategies. The webinar includes an interactive demonstration of what the site can do for you. You will also hear how this tool relates to ETA-sponsored research, as well as the Department-wide research efforts of DOL’s Chief Evaluation Office.

Beyond Best Practices: Workforce System Strategies
This short webinar takes an interactive look at a Workforce System Strategies with the workforce development professional in mind. Two workforce peers serving as interviewees offering real examples from their work, it demonstrates how to quickly find multiple resources that will help design a new program, develop policy, write grant proposals, conduct research, and more.


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Learn to quickly mine the rich resources on Workforce System Strategies!  Use this short on-line tutorial to help you find what you want, more efficiently and effectively. 



Workforce System Strategies highlights a wide range of research and implementation tools.

Use it to:
• Help your job-seeker and employer customers achieve better outcomes
• Identify evidence that may be useful in program design initiatives or grant applications
• Be at the forefront of the workforce system!

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Apprenticeships – The Original Career Pathways

Apprenticeships are a major emphasis in the Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA) and the American Apprenticeships grant.  As we look at strategies for designing career pathway programs and systems, we can learn a lot from national apprenticeship programs that have been in operation since the 1930s.  Start here to find tested apprenticeship strategies and programs:

An Effectiveness Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Registered Apprenticeship in 10 States: Final Report
Examines Registered Apprenticeship in 10 states selected to vary in program features and labor market characteristics, including program size, region, the degree of union representation in the state, administrative type(federal or state), and the degree to which RA is concentrated in a few occupations.
Using Registered Apprenticeship to Build and Fill Healthcare Career Paths: A Response to Critical Healthcare Workforce Needs and Healthcare Reform
Explores how Registered Apprenticeships in the field of healthcare are proving to be a highly effective workforce strategy for building skills and earnings in entry and middle-level jobs while also increasing productivity and helping align employer demands with the supply of workers for this critical industry.
Apprenticeship: Completion and Cancellation in the Building Trades
Analyzes national and state-level data on apprenticeship cancellation rates, as well as findings from multiple field interviews about why some apprentices achieve journey-level status while others cancel out of apprenticeship programs.

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Labor Market Information

Collecting current and reliable labor market information is a challenge for many workforce agencies. When done well, accurate labor market information can support the development of smart and effective workforce training programs linked with career pathways that better serve job seekers and employers.  Some resources related to this topic include:
Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018 - Examines educational requirements linked to forecasted job growth by state and the District of Columbia from 2008 through 2018.
Local Areas Face Challenges Helping Employers Fill Some Types of Skilled Jobs – Describes how local areas have used data to develop career pathways approaches to prepare workers for middle-skilled jobs that employers have difficulty filling.
Strengthening Local Capacity for Data-Driven Decision Making – Documents the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership’s efforts to re-examine its model to “democratize data” in local decision-making, taking into account local partner experiences and changes in technology and policy approaches.
Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success – Offers a user-friendly road map for developing career pathway systems, including the important role of utilizing real-time labor market data. Also includes tools and resources for gathering labor market data.

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Strengthening Public – Private Partnerships

Strategies for effective public private partnerships look different depending on who the partners are – philanthropy, corporations, faith-based organizations, or local businesses.  The following resources offer insights and strategies for public sector partnerships with private organizations.
Job Training that Works: Findings from the Sectoral Employment Impact Study – An impact study, involving participants from three organizations through a randomized study, found that a focus on well-implemented, sector-focused training programs supports the advancement of low-income workers.
Employer Resource Networks: Uniting Businesses and Public Partners to Improve Job Retention and Advancement for Low-Wage Workers – This issue brief provides an overview of key features of an innovative, employer-consortia model to provide job retention services, work supports, and training opportunities for entry level employees, many of whom are receiving public assistance.
Sustaining Partnerships for Regional Economic Growth: A Compendium of Promising Practices and Tools – Replicable examples from eight community colleges, including tools useful for partnership planning, management, and evaluation from programs, policymakers, and intermediaries.
Action Steps for Businesses: A Guide to Developing Partnerships with Faith-Based and Community Organizations (FBCOs) – Designed for businesses interested in developing partnerships with Faith- Based and Community Organizations (FBCOs).
To find similar resources, search “Public Private Partnerships” or click on “Management & Operations” tab on the left, select “Partnerships/Program Integration,” and then choose among the sub-topics in the drop-down menu.


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