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Utilizing the Business Relations Group PartnershipsJennifer W. Troke




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Our Goals Today

  • Overview of the Business Relations Group (BRG) Two Major Initiatives

    • High Growth Job Training Initiative

    • Partnerships for Jobs

  • BRG’s Work with Disability Community at a National and State Level

  • Explore Specific Strategies for Connecting Employers and Navigators

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The Vision

Create a Demand-Driven

Workforce System to Ensure

No Worker is Left Behind

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What is Demand Driven?

  • Knowing where the jobs are – both new jobs and current jobs that may be changing

  • Knowing the skills and competencies necessary to do those jobs

  • Understanding the labor market context

  • Strategic investment of $15 billion public workforce system resources

  • Working collaboratively with business and training providers to develop workforce solutions

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Framework for Solutions

A Partnership must exist between Businesses, Education and Training Providers, and

the Workforce Investment System

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High Growth Process

  • Information Gathering

    • Environmental Scan

  • Executive Forums

  • Workforce Development Forums

  • Strategic Development Teams

  • Research & Analysis

  • Implementation

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  • National leadership to engage industry leaders

  • Investment in national models and demonstrations of workforce solutions in high growth/high demand industries

  • Sharing information and models widely with the workforce system

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New Roles for Workforce System

  • Catalyst for bringing partners together

  • Building sustainable relationships

  • Focus on solutions

  • Resource leveraging

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Challenges & Solutions

Post-SecondaryAlternatives Training(Community Colleges,Apprenticeship)




Retention(Incumbent Workers)

New LaborPools(Immigrants, Older Workers, Veterans, Persons with Disabilities)

Transitioning(Declining Industries)

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High Growth Job Training Initiative Grants

  • 65 Grants

  • $119 Million*

    * As of October 27, 2004

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Partnerships for JobsInitiative

Brokering the connection of large, national-in-scope businesses to public workforce system

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Partnerships for Jobs

  • Approximately 18 currently active partnerships

  • Moving to more uniform and streamlined approach with partners

  • Recent focus on rapid response and special populations

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Twenty-three Current

and Continuing

National Business Partners

Partnerships for Jobs

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Partnerships for Jobs Benefits

Find the right workers, with the right

skills, for the right job, at the right


  • Access to qualified workers

  • Reduction of recruiting costs

  • Increased retention

  • Improved diversity

  • Good corporate citizenship

  • Support during downsizing/rightsizing

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Partnerships for Jobs Implementation Strategies

Implementation Strategies

  • Targeted regional/local meetings

  • Web site: www.nbpjobs.org

  • Workforce system education for HR staff

  • Local models for replication

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Intersections with Disability Community

  • Interagency Workgroup

    • What Employers Are Saying


  • Connections to the Public Workforce System

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Interagency Workgroup – Employers Weigh In

  • Make the ‘business case’ for hiring people with disabilities

  • Integrate information at the federal level to provide tools, resources, and promising practices

  • Conduct an awareness campaign around hiring individuals with disabilities

  • Help employers access and recruit individuals with disabilities

  • Ensure persons with disabilities understand the pathway to employers

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  • American Network of Community Options and Resources

  • Partnership to Recruit, Train, and Hire Direct Support Specialists who Serve Disabled Population

  • Four Pilot Sites - Arizona, Kentucky, Maine, and New York

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Connections to the Public Workforce System

  • BRG State Coordinators

    • Promote your work!

    • Connect to larger partnership events and rollouts with BRG National Business Partners

  • Build on Other Navigators’ Success

    • Create specific goals around your work with employers for hiring and unemployment rates

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Specific Connections & Strategies

  • Become a member of your One-Stops business services team!

  • Stay connected to your BRG state coordinator

  • Become a catalyst for change

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Business Relations Group & Office of Workforce Investment

We look forward to working

together to build a strong

and productive workforce

for the 21st Century

[email protected]

(202) 693-3949