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April 7, 2014. WEBINAR: Pathways to Opportunity – Best Practices for American Workforce Development in the Amtrak RFP. Agenda. Background on Jobs to Move America, the Amtrak RFP and US Employment Plan A Worker’s Perspective: Recruiting and Training a 21 st Century Workforce
WEBINAR: Pathways to Opportunity – Best Practices for
American Workforce Development in the Amtrak RFP
Background on Jobs to Move America, the Amtrak RFP and US Employment Plan
A Worker’s Perspective: Recruiting and Training a 21st Century Workforce
Best Practices in Outreach, Recruitment and Workforce Training, focus on women in non-traditional roles
Snapshots of 3 Model Programs
Resources for Bidders
Q & A
US Employment Plan
Lauren Sugerman, Director, Women and Work Projects
GSA construction projects over $50M are designated as Mega Construction Projects which work together with the OFCCP from pre-bid meetings to more effectively promote EEO for women seeking non-traditional jobs.
Higher goals for women and minorities - with contractually enforceable equal opportunity provisions
Greater information sharing – workforce projection/timelines, and utilization reports
Timely enforcement mechanisms
Greater public visibility and involvement of unions and community organizations
Additional training for relevant government and construction staff
More pre-project preparation and contractor education
Funding for technical assistance, site monitoring, job training and referral/retention services
On-site EEO monitoring and enforcement
Go out of your way to bring in diverse applicants
Cast a wide net
Design outreach materials that appeal directly to targeted populations
Connect to activities, institutions and organizations serving targeted populations
Target by who gives the message.
Get their attention with information on benefits/advantages of jobs in the specific industry
Pair Outreach with Education
Engage at all phases of the program:
Ensure training program relevancy with workplace needs
field trips; and
mock interviews, etc.
Educational infrastructure has led to attraction of new manufacturing companies to Chicago’s West Side.
MOUs with 14 companies;
500 new manufacturing jobs.
Opportunity to expand existing WFD infrastructure.Adult Education and Training; and Community Development
VP Academic Affairs and Workforce Development
Center of Excellence Clearinghouse Model and Industry Led Approach
As a workforce intermediary, WRTP/BIG STEP coordinates among and between labor and management to assess and plan for current and future industry needs within sectors
Industry assessments done in cooperation with employers and labor inform the development of employer services, which in turn enables us to connect these opportunities into openings aligned with our community network of partners
The “marketplace model” is in opposition to the old model driven primarily by government policy/workforce development entities and social service agencies’ client needs; we connect BOTH models
WRTP/BIG STEP teaches the technical skills required to bring participants to the “finishing point” immediately before employment, and is the “beginning point” into industry careers, apprenticeships and jobs
We are Industry Led, Worker Centered and Community Focused
How can we facilitate these stakeholders to get Milwaukee residents to work on public projects?
Public Projects with Residential Requirements
You need to go to an apprenticeship.
I don’t understand.
Where are the jobs?
We don’t hire. See the union.
We don’t do the hiring. Go to the employer.
Public Project Job Sites
We’re not taking applications.
We just do training.
We have a public project with local hiring mandates.
Skilled Workers from
MC3 Multi Craft Core Curriculum
WIA Workforce Investment Act Training Funds
Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Employment Plan Worksheet