The merits of job training and apprenticeship programs are well known, but certain populations could stand to benefit more from these valuable tools if apprenticeship programs were expanded. Affordable child care and pre-apprenticeship trainings can help more women, low-wage workers, and parents develop the stability and skills needed to succeed in work-based learning programs.
Policy Announcement / Memoranda
In April 2012, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services formed a Federal partnership and issued a letter of joint commitment to promote the use of career pathways to assist youth and adults in acquiring valuable skills and industry-recognized credentials through better alignment with employers of education, training and employment, and human and social services.
In this U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) report, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. analyzed data from occupational employment projects in every state to determine promising occupations that require no more than 12 months of training beyond high school. Tables are available for each state, and each table ranks occupations from the highest to lowest number of projected annual openings.
Authored by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, this report summarizes the responses received from a joint Request for Information in April 2014, which solicited information on career pathways. Respondents included information on barriers as well as facilitators to career pathways program development and promising practices.
Webinar / Webcast
This National Dialogue on Career Pathways event was a one-day convening of practitioners, advocates, and policymakers to discuss how all sectors can take action to advance the skills and credentials of American workers. Now, you can hear the presentations from leaders in the field such as Judy Mortrude, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and FastTRAC; Dr.
The Literacy Information and Communication Systems (LINC) Initiative, under the U.S. Department of Education established the Moving Pathways Forward: Supporting Career Pathways initiative to assist States in advancing career pathways systems that support low-skilled adults who are transitioning to postsecondary education and employment. This three-year initiative provides career pathways resources for interested stakeholders, as well as offer technical assistance to States.
The Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP released a paper that explores "stackable credentials," which is defined by the Department of Labor as a series of credentials that accumulate to build an individual's qualifications for advancement on a career pathway. The paper discusses some of the barriers to acquiring multiple educational and occupations credentials, pulling from data collected in Kentucky, Oregon, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The paper also outlines the ways in which these states are working to increase credential attainment for their residents.
In recent years workforce development and welfare reform policy and programs, as well as the nation’s technical and community colleges, have been faced increasingly with the challenge of preparing low-income individuals with limited vocational skills and work experience for better-paying jobs requiring post-secondary training.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) has recently released the Engaging Employers to Support Adult Career Pathways Programs issue brief as part of their ongoing effort to support the development of high-quality Adult Career Pathway (ACP) programs. The new issue brief provides strategies and promising practices that support States and programs tackling the issue of employer engagement.
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has released a guide for Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) in a report titled Navigating Federal Programs to Build Sustainable Career Pathways in the Health Professions. This report explains the requirements and performance accountability systems of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the workforce and adult education programs supported under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Titles I and II.