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21st Century Registered Apprenticeship: A Shared Vision for Increasing Opportunity, Innovation, and Competitiveness for American Workers and Employers
This document promotes innovative recommendations by the Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship on the use of Registered Apprenticeship as a solution to the nation’s workforce, economic, and education challenges. It also encourages state, regional, and local leaders and the public workforce system to use the vision report as a resource for supporting apprenticeship opportunities in their own communities.
This resource for adults and youth provides employment, training, and financial assistance for laid-off workers. It includes resources for getting immediate help with unemployment insurance, healthcare, and other financial needs; job searching and resume tips; changing careers and understanding transferable skills; and upgrading skills through education and training. It also provides career information and links to work-related services that help veterans and military service members successfully transition to civilian careers.
Division of Youth Services
Provides an overview of programs funded by the Department of Labor focusing on youth. Offers a bi-weekly newsletter, announcements and potential funding opportunities, information for state and local partners, as well as information on the Federal Shared Youth Vision Partnership a collaborative effort serving the neediest youth.
Employment and Training Administration
The Employment and Training Administration site provides information about summer youth jobs, the Workforce Investment Act, and other employment and training programs related to youth .
Explore Career and Educational Opportunities
This tool from the CareerOneStop center provides opportunities for students to explore what their interests are, learn about potential careers, learn how to get job experience, and find educational opportunities to support career development.
Indian and Native American Summer Youth Employment Initiatives and the 2009 Recovery Act
This report from the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration describes the creation of the Indian and Native American Summer Youth Employment Initiative and how grantees used their Recovery Act funds to implement programs.
This resource for adults and youth helps laid-off workers and other career changers find new occupations to explore. Users can identify occupations that require skills and knowledge similar to their current or previous job, learn more about these suggested matches, locate local training programs, and/or apply for jobs.
Registered Apprenticeship provides young workers with structured, on-the-job training in industries like construction, manufacturing, health care, information technology, energy, telecommunications, and more. Read success stories of people who have participated with Registered Apprenticeship and learn how it could benefit you.
Reintegration of ExOffenders Program
The Department of Labor's Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Program targets court-involved youth, young adults, and adult ex-offenders through a variety of discretionary grant awards. Organizations partner with juvenile and adult justice systems to assist in providing employment and training to this population of individuals who may find it difficult to obtain employment or training without additional assistance. Projects support a comprehensive strategy for serving youth in a local area to which many are returning from juvenile correctional or detention facilities. Both the adult and youthful offender grants serve as demonstration projects for improving communities with high rates of crime and poverty.
Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)
In 1990, the Secretary of Labor appointed a commission to determine the skills our young people need to succeed in the world of work. The commission's fundamental purpose was to encourage a high-performance economy characterized by high-skill, high-wage employment. Although the commission completed its work in 1992, its findings and recommendations continue to be a valuable source of information for individuals and organizations involved in education and workforce development.
Teaching the SCANS Competencies
This report compiles six articles that give education and training practitioners practical suggestions for applying SCANS in classrooms and the workplace.
- SCANS in Schools
- Implementing SCANS: First Lessons
- Students use SCANS to Explore Changing Jobs: Lessons of InidianaPLUS
- Prepearing Limited English Proficiency Students for the Workplace
- Technology and High Performance Schools: A SCANS Survey
- Assessment of the SCANS Competencies, Some Examples
Supporting Successful Transition to Adulthood for Current and Former Youth in Foster Care Through Coordination With the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
This training and employment notice informs states and local areas about how youth programs can help youth who are or were in foster care to complete postsecondary education and training. Intended for youth programs that receive formula funding through the Workforce Investment Act, the training highlights how youth programs can coordinate with state and local independent living coordinators to ensure that youth have knowledge of and access to state tuition waivers and education and training vouchers from the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program.
Training and Employment Guidance Letter on WIA Youth Program
The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has released a letter that provides guidance on the use of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth–funded activities and provides program staff with information to improve services and to ensure legal compliance and successful future monitoring.
Using TANF Funds to Support Subsidized Youth Employment: The 2010 Summer Youth Employment Initiative
This report from the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration examines data collected across seven states describing the partnerships between state and local TANF and workforce agencies and the youth employment initiatives that TANF funding supported.
Workforce System Strategies
Workforce System Strategies is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor administered by the Employment and Training Administration, which provides an online, public archive of resources to make it easier for workforce practitioners, administrators, policymakers, and researchers to identify and implement effective practices based on existing research, and ultimately, to support improved outcomes for workforce system customers. The site highlights workforce strategies that are backed by a wide range of evidence such as experimental studies, implementation evaluations, and performance data, and can be searched by methodology, states, programs, and target populations, including youth workers.
Workforce Investment Act Youth Programs
This program provides formula funds to states for local resources to deliver a comprehensive array of youth services that focus on assisting at-risk and disadvantaged youth attain education and skills for PSE and employment.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Flash Training Series
The WIA Youth Flash Training Series provides information to professionals working with youth and connects them with tools and resources that can help them best serve program participants. These brief lessons (5 minutes or less) will focus on multiple WIA youth program topics, including the 10 WIA Youth Program elements, exit policies, finding youth program resources, waivers, and youth councils.
Youthbuild provides an alternative education pathway that encourages youth to obtain a high school diploma or GED, while advancing toward employment while developing leadership skills and serving the community.
Share with Youth: Helping Teens Find Their Right Job
This website provides career, training, and job search information to job seekers, including various career options and steps to take to obtain a job. The “Students and Career Advisors” section can help students discover their passions, research occupations that might be a good fit, and plan and execute a job search.
Resource: 2017 Summer Jobs Resources Pages
These lists of technical assistance resources help state and local workforce leaders, youth program practitioners, stakeholders, and partners get prepared to successfully implement high-quality summer youth employment programs. Housed on ETA’s Youth Summer Jobs Community of Practice, these resources come from various entities, but the lessons learned are relevant to any program and can be used to enhance a summer youth employment program.
Share with Youth: TA Series for Youth Practitioners
This technical assistance (TA) series will provide webinars, podcasts, conference calls, and videos for youth practitioners focusing on various Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act youth-related topics.
Share with Youth: CareerOneStop's Video Collection
This video collection depicts a portrait of life for hundreds of careers, highlighting the job responsibilities, work settings, wages, educational requirements, and employment trends for a broad range of occupations.
Share with Youth: Career Video Collection
This video collection depicts a portrait of life in hundreds of careers, highlighting the job responsibilities, work settings, wages, educational requirements, and employment trends for a broad range of occupations.
Resource: Mythbuster! WIOA Titles I and II
This document addresses the myth that Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth Program and Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy Act funding cannot be used jointly to serve disconnected youth and discusses the benefits of partnering between the Title I Youth Program and the Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program.
Supporting Community College Delivery of Apprenticeships
This report, developed by Jobs for the Future, highlights the findings of a survey of 38 community colleges on apprenticeship program design, occupations, and participant diversity. It also provides recommendations for four areas of focus for organizations partnering with community colleges to expand apprenticeship initiatives.