Expanding Apprenticeship Opportunities in the United States

Describes how apprenticeship programs provide a viable alternative to college pathways (particularly for disadvantaged youth) and, ultimately, will help close postsecondary achievement gaps and reduce unemployment.

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Workforce Results Matter: The Critical Role of Employment Outcome Data in Improving Transparency of Postsecondary Education and Training

Focuses on ways to provide better information to consumers regarding postsecondary workforce outcomes while examining current student and parent objectives for earning a postsecondary degree.

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Apprenticeship Expansion in England: Lessons for the United States

An in-depth analysis of England’s apprenticeship programs starting with the 1994 implementation of ‘Modern Apprenticeships’ policy, and provides highlights of key lessons to be learned for the United States.

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Ensuring Full Credit Under TANF’s Work Participation Rate

Explains how state programs under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program can provide better educational opportunities for low-income families by improving the alignment of TANF with other…

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Tackling Unstable and Unpredictable Work Schedules

An in-depth look at two employer- and state-level strategies to stabilize erratic work schedules for low-wage earners so that they have economic security and time to care for their families.

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What Works in Job Training

When it comes to job training, what does available evidence tell us about what works?  What Works in Job Training: A Synthesis of The Evidence summarizes what we know about improving employment and educational outcomes for both adults and youth.The report was prepared through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor, Commerce, Education, and Health and Human Services.

But it’s not enough that one study or evaluation said something works – this summary looks at only the most rigorous evaluations, such as impact studies that can point to the results that happened as a result of a particular initiative.  This means there is higher likelihood you will get the same results if you try the approach studied.

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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Quick Navigation Tips

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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Preparing for Careers in the Healthcare Sector

Healthcare is a growing sector and workforce professionals anticipate many of these jobs will be highly skilled nonclinical positions, working with electronic health records, medical compliance and technical assistance. Explore resources dedicated to understanding the growing healthcare field:
Rise of the Medical Assistant: And Five Other Frontline and Nonclinical Healthcare Jobs that are Growing in Number, Complexity, and Importance: Outlines the six fastest growing nonclinical healthcare jobs and describes the increasingly complex skills these jobs have in common.
Health Care Industry Partnerships and the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers: the Interconnected Relationship: Describes the integration of two Pennsylvania workforce strategies, health care industry partnerships (HCIPs) and the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers, and highlights the tools and strategies used for developing this comprehensive system.
Better Care, Better Careers: The Jobs to Careers Strategy for Growing a Skilled Health Care Workforce: Describes the “Jobs to Careers Initiative” that provided three-year grants to seventeen local projects across the U.S. to develop the skills and careers of workers on the “frontlines” of healthcare service delivery.
A Growing Job Sector: Health Informatics: Using data mined from online job listings, this report examines the hiring demand of Health Informatics jobs compared to other jobs in the healthcare industry.

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Online Adult Education: Looking at What Works

Online education can provide flexible, low-cost opportunities for adults looking to finish their education or to further job training. The following publications offer insight and resources for trainers and administrators to support online adult education:
Online Occupational Education in Community Colleges: Prevalence and Contextual Factors
Examines the current state of online occupational programs at 321 community colleges, exploring indicators that influence offering online programs and connection to workforce development needs.  A key finding of the study indicated that colleges’ online offerings did not often reflect high-demand fields.
The Flourishing of Adult Online Education: An Overview
Highlighting experiences from professionals from the online educational field, this handbook that offers practical guidance regarding effective online teaching strategies for educators, administrators and trainers. Among other findings, the study indicates that enrollment growth in online learning is stabilizing but is expected to remain higher than traditional class-room based enrollment.
Factors Influencing Adult Learners’ Decision to Drop Out or Persist in Online Learning
Examines the differences between persistent online learners and the characteristics, internal and external factors that influence both groups. Among some of the major findings, the study indicates that learners are less likely to drop out when they are satisfied with the courses and find the courses relevant to their own life.

To find similar resources, search “Online Adult Education” or click on “Education & Training” tab on the left, select “Basic Skills/Literacy,” and then select “Adult Education” or “Digital Literacy.”

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Supporting Veterans’ Re-Entry

Ensuring veterans have the training, skills and referral services necessary to re-enter the civilian job market is a top priority for the workforce investment system.  WSS has a number of resources targeted for administrators, policymakers and veterans themselves:
Evaluation of the Priority of Service Provision of the Jobs for Veterans Act by the Workforce Investment System in Providing Service to Veterans: Examines whether veterans and their spouses are receiving priority service at One-Stop Career Centers under the priority of service provision of the Jobs for Veterans Act. A key finding from the research indicates that implementation of the “Priority of Service”  varied greatly across states, in part, due to insufficient promotion of the provision.``
Improving Employment Outcomes and Community Integration for Veterans with Disabilities: Early Implementation of the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) for Veterans Demonstration: Examines the implementation of the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) into the Connecticut Veterans Affairs healthcare system to determine whether this program will be effective in a veterans service setting. Among the findings, researchers found that veterans are hesitant to use employment-related supportive services as they believe it may cost them other public benefits.
Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs: Provides current employment trends regarding veterans’ employment performance in the civilian labor market as well as employment-related programs for veterans and discusses how to interpret this data. A key finding from the study shows that Gulf War II veterans had higher unemployment rates.
Helping Veterans with Disabilities Transition to Employment: Describes employment and educational programs that can assist veterans with disabilities reenter the labor market or complete their education. Among other findings, the study reports that online accessibility is key to providing veterans with disabilities opportunities for professional skill development.
To find similar resources, click on “Find by Target Population,” then “Individuals,” and either “Military/Spouses” or “Veterans/Spouses.”

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