Volume 26, No. 2: T-E-A-M! (Together Everyone Achieves More)

Bits 'n' Pieces

Items of interest to our members and affiliates ...

Pre-Apprenticeship: Pathways for Women into High-Wage Careers—A Guide for Community-Based Organizations and Workforce Providers
Apprenticeship programs are growing across the nation as a proven training model for providing businesses with a highly skilled workforce. For workers, apprenticeships are life-changing—helping them start a pathway to careers with good wages, benefits, and chances for advancement. Possibilities exist to expand apprenticeship training for all workers—including opportunities for women to enter non-traditional careers. For those who may need preparation and the basic skills to enter an apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship programs are the first step. This guide offers information and resources to help community-based organizations and other workforce intermediaries build and sustain quality pre-apprenticeship programs. More information can be found on the Department of Labor, Employment and Training website.

Connecting Young Adults To Employment: Results from a National Survey of Service Providers
January 2016. America’s youngest workers are facing their most dire employment prospects in recent history. It is estimated that 6.7 million young adults are out of school and out of work. Many organizations—youth development organizations, public workforce organizations, community-based organizations, education organizations, and others—are working hard to provide young adults with the skills and connections needed to succeed in today’s labor market. But little is known about what types of assistance help young adults access employment, what employment characteristics influence whether a job is a good fit for a young adult, and what opportunities service providers find and leverage in their work, both with employers and with young adult job seekers, to improve the odds that a young adult will succeed in work. For more, go here.

A Tool for Sustaining Career Pathways Efforts
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
As states and local communities move from program start-up toward implementation, strategies are needed to sustain the essential program and systems changes that will be made along the way. For the document, go here.