World of Work Report 2013: Repairing the Economic and Social Fabric

Provides an overview of labour market trends after the global economic crisis by presenting global trends in employment and unemployment projections and analyzing the structural changes in the labour market…

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What Types of Jobs Do People with Disabilities Want?

Examines whether people with disabilities want to work and the types of jobs they want by using the national 2006 General Social Survey to obtain disability information and worker preferences.

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Emerging Employment Issues for People with Disabilities

Researches the employment issues for people with disabilities by examining the impact of disability disclosure, leave as a reasonable accommodation, and the use of job applicant screeners on employment.

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Training for Success: A Policy to Expand Apprenticeships in the United States

Examines the role of apprenticeships in workforce development in the United States and outlines policy recommendations that would spur a large-scale expansion of these programs.

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The Promise of Career Pathways Systems Change: What Role Should Workforce Investment Systems Play? What Benefits Will Result?

Illustrates how comprehensive career pathway systems can help regional employers meet their skills needs, help individuals gain employable with good wages, and help businesses prosper in vital industry sectors.

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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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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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Please contact us with your thoughts!  What is useful – and what is not? What additional features would you like to see?



What Works for Reducing Recidivism

Communities are designing new systems and programs to support successful re-entry to the workforce for court involved individuals. Many of these programs have been found to reduce recidivism rates.  Find the latest studies and resources on this topic:

Evaluation of the Re-Integration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Program: Interim Report:
Summarizes the key findings from the implementation study of the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders initiative that sought to strengthen urban communities heavily affected by the challenges associated with high numbers of prisoners seeking to re-enter their communities following the completion of their sentences. Early findings from the study indicate that  participants gained valuable information about how to prepare for jobs and received support for accessing  other essential services through case managers.

The Safer Foundation: An in-Depth Program Evaluation and Recidivism Study:
Examines recidivism rates of participants in the forty-year old Safer Foundation (SF) program of Chicago.  Among other findings, researchers found that formerly incarcerated persons seeking services within the program are significantly less likely to return to the Illinois Department of Corrections than are members of the general release population.
Supporting Second Chances: Employment Strategies for Reentry Programs:
Distills relevant lessons from research on employment programs for a range of disadvantaged populations including  employment strategies for ex-offenders and recommendations for programs serving court involved individuals.  Among the key takeaways, researchers found that employer connections are crucial if workforce programs are to be successful.

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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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