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April 2019 Newsletter

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April 2019

For the publicly-funded workforce system, April is traditionally the month when the pace really picks up for finalizing plans for summer and year-long youth employment programs.  This month we are pleased to provide you with a number of youth-related resources to help as you start up these programs in your state or local area.

We are also excited to share with you a number of interactive featured resources below from some of the GPS Communities.  These range from an infographic that shows workforce services provided to individuals with barriers to employment, to a guide that helps you customize competency models across industries and regions, to a resource tool that explains the U.S. Department of Labor requirements around open licensing and intellectual property for all grant-funded work under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

Finally, as myths about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) continue to bubble up from the workforce system, the Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION) Community continues to work to provide facts to dispel them.  Check out the second series of MythBusters!  A new myth or two will be released every week or so on topics such as: Providing Partner Access in the American Job Centers (AJCs); Supportive Services for Title I Programs; Dislocated Worker Program Age Requirements, and more.

Focus on Youth

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act identifies four types of work experience for youth: summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year; pre-apprenticeship programs; internships and job shadowing; and on-the-job training.  This month, we are pleased to highlight a number of resources focused on strengthening youth employment opportunities.  These include technical assistance tools and tip sheets housed on the Youth Connections, YouthBuild , Youth CareerConnect, Apprenticeship, and Youth Summer Jobs Communities, as well as resources from other federal partners to help practitioners explore the best methods to develop and support early employment opportunities.


Featured Content

  • WIOA Title I Data Snapshot - Interactive Infographic: ETA developed an interactive infographic focused on workforce services provided to individuals with barriers to employment, including people with disabilities.  This infographic highlights WIOA Title I program data on the total number of participants identified as having a disability, percentage of individuals served by disability type, and participants with barriers to employment.  WIOA Title I programs (Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth) are administered by ETA.
  • Customizing Competency Models Through Convening Guide: The Customizing Competency Models Through Convening Guide provides a variety of resources, ready-to-use tools, and examples of successful regional partnerships all in one place to help as you engage in the process of convening partners to customize a competency model.
  • Resource Tool: Open Licensing and Intellectual Property Requirements Announcement: The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has created a one-page document; Grant Requirements: Open Licensing and Intellectual Property to explain DOL requirements around open licensing and intellectual property for all grand-funded work under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
  • Disability Employment Initiative and Career Pathways Series: This three part DEI Grantee Learning Opportunity provides examples of how DEI projects are using DEI intervention strategies to create inclusive career pathways.
  • When Commitment Leads to Transformative Change: How Partnerships Pave the Road to Careers: The From Programs to System Change series highlights community college programs and innovations that were initially funded through the U.S. Department of Labor's TAACCCT program, but sustained beyond the life of the grant and scaled for greater reach, through changes to systems within colleges, between colleges and partnering organizations, and across colleges within a state.
  • A Guide for State Leaders: Equity in Career and Technical Education (CTE): American Youth Policy Forum has written a blog on on modern-day Career and Technical Education (CTE) and how they are challenging what CTE programs have historically been able to accomplish.

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The WorkforceGPS Team
Helping You Navigate to Success Today

U.S. Department of Labor
Employment & Training Administration
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