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Effective, work-based learning strategies build a bridge between learning and real work experiences. In partnership with Workforce Development Boards and employers across the country, we continue to see work-based learning (WBL) initiatives and funding reemerging as critical regional strategies to help the millions of people who are struggling to start or advance in their careers. Let's explore the benefits of effective WBL strategies and the different types of WBL initiatives that are available.

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Virtual employment services are the new norm as record numbers of Americans are out of work and local workforce boards are answering the call for help by identifying innovative ways to help jobseekers gain broader access to stable, long-term opportunities.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made digital tools, software and online resources even more critical in providing virtual services in the workforce system. AJCs are providing more flexibility in offering program services by using online and virtual options for education and training for various workforce programs. This blog offers an in-depth look at the tools needed to provide innovative services to customers: virtual services best practices, jobseeker top tech tools and innovative program design elements.

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Let's talk certification. Are you a Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) uncertain of the operational criteria and procedure requirements involved in the certification process for your ACJ service location? In this blog we will break down the requirements in a simple format so you have clarity on what’s involved and required.

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Learn about the latest advances workforce boards and American Job Centers (AJCs) are implementing in order to better serve in-need populations looking for work as well as innovative community resources and service strategies that all jobseekers, including Veterans and youth, can connect with remotely. Download our Barriers to Employment Checklist, a helpful document which can be used by workforce development professionals to help their clients identify, and eventually overcome their barriers.

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One great thing about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is its advocacy of the use of technology for the improvement of teaching, learning, professional development, productivity, system efficiencies and accessibility. In this challenging time, Workforce Development professionals can use technology to help others and get America back to work.

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In this article we share key steps to consider, ideas, and best practice COVID-19 responses to help State and Regional Workforce Agencies develop effective COVID-19 recovery plans.

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Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) face challenges on how to serve the youth in their region with limited WIOA youth resources. It is estimated that over 5.5 million youth (16 to 24 years old) now referred as ”Young Adults” do not have high school diplomas and are not employed. Additionally, these young adults are often dealing with other barriers such as language mastery, lack of or insufficient housing, substance abuse, health problems, transportation challenges and other cultural/social issues.

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Making the perfect jobseeker-employer match is no easy task for workforce development professionals. A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed a total of 12.8 million individuals were either unemployed, under-employed or marginally attached to the labor market. On the employer side, key industries report a shortage of qualified applicants for a wide range of jobs. The trick to helping jobseekers find their way to the right position with the best employer starts with a solid foundation of preparation.

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