How can existing workforce development programs...

How can existing workforce development programs work better?

Dan Moulthrop
on Jun 14, 2012

Workforce development programs are not created equal, and some definitely are more effective than others. So what's the secret to effective and successful workforce development programs?

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Nate Ward
on Jun 19, 2012
"I work with a lot of area manufacturers. The recent talk is how they cannot find enough skilled..."
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"Here is the response by a number of national faith groups to HR 4297: (Excerpt from a letter..."
Dan Moulthrop
on Jun 14, 2012
"The Workforce Investment Act is up for reauthorization (you can find some summary coverage here),..."

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Nate Ward
on Jun 19, 2012 - 2:20 pm

I work with a lot of area manufacturers. The recent talk is how they cannot find enough skilled workers in manufacturing to keep pace with growing demand. In some cases, the companies have to look outside of the country to fill the positions.

It seems either our attitudes to what qualifies as a worthwhile job has hindered our workers' interest in learning the skills to get into manufacturing. What is particularly noteworthy is that these jobs are well paying, stable, and rather abundant. In general, potential workers are either dissuaded by counselors or parents that manufacturing jobs are nonexistent, too dirty, or unstable. Manufacturers counter that they don't want to invest the time and training required for these high-end manufacturing jobs for a transient employee.

Two other rifts is the fear among manufacturers that the Ohio-Penn shale development will put further strain on the local workforce - syphoning away all qualified technicians and welders, and the rise of returning veterans in the area who are suffering from 1.5x unemployment above non-vet job seekers who may not even be steered to consider manufacturing.

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Jun 14, 2012 - 3:35 pm

The Workforce Investment Act is up for reauthorization (you can find some summary coverage here), and the focus now is on how to make existing programs work better and serve the needs of both the people they're training and the industries they're training people for. Below is a link to Detroit's Workforce Intelligence Network, part of the city's Talent Dividend work, which knits together eight community colleges, seven workforce boards and regional economic development agencies.

What's working in workforce development in your city?  

 

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Nancy Reeves
on Jun 14, 2012

Here is the response by a number of national faith groups to HR 4297:

(Excerpt from a letter sent to the co-sponsors - full letter at link)

The bill consolidates a number of national and state-administered workforce programs, including those for low-income adults, dislocated workers, and youth, in a way that would allow funds and services to be steered away from these still-vulnerable populations and into a new Workforce Investment Fund that would be distributed by formula to states and local areas.

 

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Properly crafted WIA reauthorization legislation must consider populations with unique needs— such as people of color, displaced workers, workers with disabilities, older workers, low-income youth, and people with limited-English proficiency—by providing worker retraining, education assistance, job placement and other job related services.

 

Signatories on the letter:  Disciples Justice Action Network, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, National Council of Jewish Women, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness, Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team, Union for Reform Judaism, The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries, The United Methodist Church-General Board of Church and Society

(Transparency -I am on the governing body for Friends Committee on National Legislation)

 

 
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