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Career advancement strategies for low wage workers

Career Advancement Strategies for Low Wage Workers

Moving to a Demand Driven Workforce System

Job Opportunities Task Force and Open Society institute


Today
Today

Objective: Provide broad policy context and practical solutions to promote career advancement

Transition Update

Workforce Supply

Workforce Demand

Workforce Approaches

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Gwib dllr merger
GWIB/DLLR Merger

  • Workforce Development = Economic Development

  • The Governor is now involved

  • Focus on workforce policy

  • Incumbent worker programs will be emphasized

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Maryland s workforce supply
Maryland’s Workforce Supply

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Maryland s workforce supply1
Maryland’s Workforce Supply

  • 4 yr Colleges awarded 34,152 degrees & Community Colleges awarded 6,901 degrees (2001)

  • 55% of HS grads attend college

  • Hard to serve = 9% of MD’s population

  • Individuals in poverty increased 14% Families in poverty increased by 11%

  • 19,888 persons receiving welfare assistance

  • 3,788 on active parole

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Maryland s workforce demand
Maryland’s WorkforceDemand

2000-2010 Employment growth: 926,387

Industries projected to gain the most jobs*:

  • Services-471,698

  • Retail Trade-185,534

  • Construction-48,917

    * Openings from growth and replacement

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Fastest growing occupations
Fastest Growing Occupations

Top 5 - 48% of projected annual openings

  • Office & Administrative Support

  • Sales and related occupations

  • Food Preparation and Serving

  • Managerial

  • Transportation and Materials Handling

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Top 5 s
Top 5’s

  • Growth by Number

  • Growth by Percentage

  • Location Quotients

    See Hand Out

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Education skills needed
Education/Skills Needed

  • The top 25 job creating occupations are dominated by lower skill jobs

  • 19/25 require OJT; 5 require a BS/BA

  • 28% of openings require a bachelor’s

  • 5% require an AA

  • 4% post secondary

    63% of openings only require OJT.

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


What employers say about public workforce system
What Employers Say About Public Workforce system

  • 40% believe primary goal of workforce is economic development

  • The remaining 60%: half believe the purpose is human resources and half believe it is social welfare

  • 41% have heard of a One Stop and 19% have used one

    Source: Center for Workforce Preparation

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Public workforce services
Public Workforce Services

  • 10-20% penetration rate: businesses using workforce services

  • It was estimated by OMB that only 7% of the people eligible for JTPA were served by JTPA

  • $50 Billion annually invested in training by private sector

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Connecting supply to demand
Connecting Supply to Demand

Workforce System’s Core Competencies

  • Ability to serve the hard to serve

  • Ability to develop collaborations

  • Community based

    Nobody does it better!

    Focus upon the needs of Business

  • Business is the customer

  • Our clients are our product

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Shift to demand driven business driven
Shift to Demand DrivenBusiness driven

  • Industry Sectoral Approaches

  • Supported Work Environments

  • Incumbent Worker Training

  • Business and Intermediary Collaborations

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Industry sectoral approaches
Industry Sectoral Approaches

  • Business led

  • Targeted to specific Industry

  • Linked by a strategic partner

  • Provide training strategies that benefit main stream & low-income individuals

    Examples

  • Healthcare in SW Pennsylvania & Board’s Healthcare Initiative

  • DBED organized a Interactive Digital Tech

  • City is working with Health & Bio Tech leaders

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Supported work environments
Supported Work Environments

Placement is the beginning, not the end

  • Case management and follow up services

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services & Goodwill Industries

    • Local models that works closely with employers to overcome significant barriers

  • Tiered Employment

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Incumbent worker training
Incumbent Worker Training

Business is an invested partner

Promote long term self sufficiency

Examples:

  • STEP

  • Partnership for Workforce Quality

  • Maryland Industrial Training Program

  • Customized Training

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Business and intermediary collaborations
Business and Intermediary Collaborations

  • WIBs, Community Colleges and Local Economic Development – offer business an attractive mix of services

  • Targeted Investments e.g. The Reinvestment Fund

  • Business services: Employee Assistance, Sectoral leadership, Career ladder/Curriculum development, Technical assistance, access to financial incentives

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


Resources
Resources

  • Workforce Advantage http://www.workforceadvantage.org

  • Workforce Strategy Center www.workforcestrategy.org

  • Center for Workforce Preparation

  • www.uschamber.com/cwp

  • Governor’s Workforce Investment Board http://www.mdworkforce.com

Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03


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