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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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Career fairs have been bringing job seekers and employers together for decades. In this blog we will explore the many ways used to organize virtual career fairs, and even discuss specialty platforms created specifically for that purpose.

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Grow Detroit’s Young Talent offers meaningful work experience to local youth through an online platform by partnering with community organizations such as EDSI, who helped implement virtual programming and digital solutions to create successful outcomes.

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The federal government is helping to fund apprenticeship programs for employers more than ever right now. This goes beyond dollars; we’re talking about individualized support, skill assessment and guidance, resources, and more. So why the flood of money and focus to this specific type of training?

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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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Manufacturers are facing a dire employee shortage. While nearly every industry is being affected by the rapid retirement of the Baby Boomer generation and the reduced rate of Generation X and millennials entering the manufacturing workforce, the greatest risk the industry faces is failing to adapt. Some of the reasons for lack of adaption include: the low employment rate, skills gaps, and the inability to attract qualified workers.

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A skill gap analysis helps to identify the skill gaps an individual or group of individuals has. Just like a gorge or a river, you can probably recognize there is a gap from here to there, but what is the best way to span that gap? The skill gap analysis is like a bridge’s blueprint- it helps to identify the best way to span the gap.

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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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