3 Ways to Access Mainstream Workforce Resources

lotteryWe all dream about tapping into the rich resources that must exist through our national workforce support system, right? Training. Funding. Childcare subsidies. Computer labs. Job banks.

It’s like winning the lottery. But, you can’t win if you don’t play.

Here are three opportunities to stop missing out on resources for our clients and colleagues who might provide more peer support for us.

1.  Save the Date for a Higher webinar introducing the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) on Tuesday, 12/16 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST.

WIOA, the first new workforce legislation in almost 15 years, will create new opportunities to forge partnerships and access resources. Rules and regulations make the new legislation operational are still being developed.

The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) will headline our next webinar with an overview of the new legislation and practical ways to begin to develop stronger relationships with your local workforce board and One Stop Job Centers.

Download a U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) fact sheet if you can’t wait until December to learn more about WIOA.

2.  Start from a solid framework for collaboration thanks to ORR.

In 2012, ORR and ETA began collaborating on issues pertaining to refugee employment opportunities. Click here to read a State Letter highlighting some of the results of this collaboration. Download a fact sheet about the workforce system that has already been developed to provide us with a basic understanding of the system.  New legislation will change some details, but it’s still a good backgrounder.

3.  Learn from three peer programs that offer well-established models for collaboration.

Download a PDF of an August 2014 ORR report highlighting model collaborations between workforce investment and refugee stakeholders in St. Louis, MO, the state of Utah and Sacramento County, CA.   


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