Summertime is the time of the year when many of us relax and catch up on our reading. So in that vein (and to help you prepare for the fall), this month the WorkforceGPS Team brings to you a list of hand-selected resources and technical assistance tools that we think will help you in serving customers.
These items include some of the best evidence-based research and resources from several of the communities, as well as some funding opportunities and a couple reminders of upcoming webinar events.
The Workforce System Strategies (WSS) community provides a central tool for workforce professionals and their partners who strive to improve outcomes for job seekers and employers through informed decisions. One of the recent items posted on the WSS community is a one-page fact sheet that highlights all of the great resources on the site and the different classifications of materials--from evaluation reports to policy and practice briefs to how-to guides and profiles. Check out their tutorial that provides a solid understanding of what evidence-based practices are and how you can acquire and use them to inform the development of new programs or initiatives. Finally, for those of you that are responsible for developing policies, WSS has posted a new toolkit from the National Skills Coalition that focuses on providing resources for state policymakers and advocates on state policies for work-based learning. The focus of the toolkit is on paid work-based learning during employment for out-of-school youth and disadvantaged adults.
In the Apprenticeship community, there are three new business engagement tools that are designed to provide you with tips and examples about how to speak the language of business and engage them in the apprenticeship model as a way of training and hiring new employees.
The Department of Labor recently announced two grant opportunities:
$150 million in grants to support sector-based approaches to expand apprenticeships on a national scale in key industry sectors and nearly $1 million to help recruit, train, and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs and to pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and healthcare, among other industries. To learn more about these grants, click here and here.
We hope you have a relaxing August and that these resources give you ideas for new ways of looking at your work and providing the best possible services to your customers.