WIOA Career Pathways Programs
The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) has greatly improved assistance for jobseekers through the integrated, employer-driven, public workforce development system. The new regulations require workforce centers to collaborate with adult education, postsecondary education, and other partners to establish career pathways programs. These programs are aimed at improving opportunities for job seekers by communicating a more clear and easy way to understand career pathway. Let’s dive a little deeper into the topic.
WIOA Career Pathways Programs = Clearer Pathways to Employment for Jobseekers
Career Pathways and Collaboration
Career pathways programs offer job seekers a clear sequence, or pathway, of education coursework and/or training credentials that are aligned with employer-validated work readiness standards and competencies.
For workforce centers, this involves the need for collaboration with local employers and educators. Through collaboration, workforce centers gain a better understanding of employer’s actual needs in addition to understanding the ability of educators. Everyone benefits. Educators and employers begin collaborating and more effective and efficient career pathways naturally develop.
This process transforms the role of employers from customers, to partners.
Employers also have much to gain when it comes to career pathways. Through the development of intentional connections with employers, educators, and service providers, the entire approach to workforce development becomes more efficient and customer-centered.
Career Pathways Brochures
Career pathways info sheets are a great way to engage job seekers in the initial steps of their career research. They are the culmination of the workforce community’s collaboration. They take the information gained from employers and educators and present it in a way to help job seekers follow the path and fulfill the requirements leading to an attainable career. Information in the brochures includes:
- Number of job openings
- Daily job tasks
- Local job demand
- Opportunities for advancement
- Industry required credentials
- Education and training requirements
The information obtained from community educators and employers serves as the base upon which to build a career pathways program. The best career pathways materials present this data in a visually stimulating and easy to understand way.
The following career pathway brochure shows a job seeker how to progress from a Dental Assistant to an Oral Surgeon.
Job seekers can easily find the information they need
Includes pictures to grab reader's attention
Make next steps clear and simple