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.