Workforce Innovation Fund

Stakeholder Engagement Series

About this Stakeholder Engagement Series

The Eye on the Workforce Innovation Fund Stakeholder Engagement Series, Innovating for Change, is designed to provide a national forum for the public workforce system to discuss the power and promise of innovation.  The series will afford DOL the opportunity to engage with its valued stakeholders across the country and to learn about promising practices that can be successfully replicated throughout the public workforce system to help businesses thrive and Americans get good jobs.

As stakeholders in the public workforce system, your voice, ideas, and programs are important to the Department.  We want to share the experiences of our WIF grantees as they work to make our system even more responsive and agile.  And then we want to hear from you!

Engage With Us

1. View a brief special message from ETA Acting Assistant Secretary Eric Seleznow about this engagement series.

2. Tweet questions before each event using the hashtag, #workforceinnovation. We will monitor your questions on Twitter and answer them from the Labor Department Twitter account (@USDOL) during and after the event.

3. Leave a comment below and let us know how you are enjoying the series, what you’re learning, and your ideas on how these innovations can be scaled for impact.

4. Interact on the DOL Twitter or Facebook pages using #workforceinnovation. U.S. DOL staff will continue to monitor our hashtag over the next month as we prepare for the next event.  Let’s get a real conversation on innovation going!

5. Register to Participate in our next exciting event: Advancing System Alignment and Career Pathways Innovations.  More details are below, or click here to register now! 


Register to Participate


March 27, 2014, 2:15–3:15pm EDT:  Innovating @ the Speed of Business

Our engagement series kicks off with a live stream plenary session at the 2014 WIF grantee meeting in Washington, D.C. The national broadcast will be hosted by Eric Seleznow, ETA Acting Assistant Secretary, with opening remarks from U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, and Kate McAdams, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Then, join two of our WIF grantee panelists online as we turn the spotlight on their programs’ strategies for engaging businesses to help Americans get jobs.

WIF Grantees featured: Workforce Initiative Association (Ohio) and Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (Pennsylvania).

Resources:

Workforce Initiative Association (Ohio)

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (Pennsylvania)

Couldn't Make the Event? 

We invite you to watch the archived video, and read a recap of the event from ETA Acting Assistant Secretary Eric Seleznow. 


June 4, 2014:  Advancing System Alignment & Career Pathways Innovations

The stakeholder engagement series continues with a webinar examining WIF grantees’ emerging system alignment and career pathways innovations. Join ETA leadership, along with three featured WIF grantees, as they provide recommendations, lessons learned, and best practices for replicating these strategies throughout the workforce system.

This webinar will feature: City & County of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Boards, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, and Workforce Central (Washington State).

Pre-Event Resources

City & County of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board's Lisa Salazar discusses their Career Pathways strategies & successes:

Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training's David Tremblay discusses their Career Pathways strategies & successes:  

Event Resources:

City & County of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Boards:

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training:

WorkForce Central (Washington State):

Couldn't Make the Event?

We invite you to watch the archived video.


August 20, 2014:  Harnessing the Power of Data-Driven Innovations

Whether you love data and believe it should drive all policy and decision-making, or find data collection and evaluation overwhelming, this webinar is for you. Presenters will highlight the benefits, challenges and policy implications of replicating key aspects of data-driven workforce innovations. They will also discuss the potential for aligning data systems and using sound labor market information to drive decision-making in ways that can provide the highest return on investment.

This webinar will feature: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Utah Department of Workforce Systems and Montana Department of Labor and Industry, and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

Pre-Event Resources:

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership's Dena Al-Khatib discusses the "Integrated Workforce Information System" Project

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services's Mark Birnbrich discusses the  "Electronic Ohio Means Jobs (e-OMJ)" Project

Utah Department of Workforce Services and Montana Department of Labor and Industry's Elizabeth Carver discusses the "Utah's Next Generation Labor Exchange (GenLEX)" Project

Event Resources:

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services:  "Electronic Ohio Means Jobs (e-OMJ)" Project

Utah Department of Workforce Services and Montana Department of Labor and Industry:  "Utah's Next Generation Labor Exchange (GenLEX)" Project

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership:  "Integrated Workforce Information System" Project

Couldn't Make the Event?

We invite you to watch the archived video (coming soon!)


Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to receive more information about this stakeholder engagement series, please Contact Us.

About the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF)

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) administers the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) to test a variety of workforce development strategies and gather evidence on their effectiveness.   The Fund seeks to improve the performance of the U.S. public workforce system by replicating successes and creating a highly visible and widely utilized body of evidence-based practices in the field of workforce development. About the WIF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comments (6)

  1. Barbara Chaffee on March 17, 2014 said:

    I am a local workforce area director and deeply appreciate the opportunity to engage discussion in a national forum for the public workforce system to discuss the power and promise of innovation and share promising practices from across the nation. Thank you Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, Eric Seleznow, ETA Acting Assistant Secretary,  and Kate McAdams, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for this unique event.


  2. Andrala Walker on March 18, 2014 said:

    Thanks Barbara for your comment.  We look forward to engaging with you for this series.  Share your comments and #workforceinnovation with us!


  3. Jennifer Irvin on May 01, 2014 said:

    I am very interested in learning what businesses are doing to help build the pipeline.  Any information partnering with high schools and/or educators to better prepare youth. I appreciate the opportunity for engagement.  Thank You, Jennifer Irvin
    BJC School Outreach and Youth Development

     


  4. Andrala Walker, ETA on May 05, 2014 said:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks so much for engaging with DOL!  Business partnerships are extremely important to our work. 

    Just recently, ETA awarded 24 Youth Career Connect (YCC) grants across the country.  Here is one YCC grant example of how businesses are helping to build the pipeline.  The NY City Department of Education is receiving nearly $7 million to fund new early college high schools similar to IBM PTECH models that offer associate’s degrees to youth while they are still in high school.  The grant will also expand diesel mechanic registered apprenticeships and modify 10 career and technical education programs to offer college credit.  In Indianapolis, the Metropolitan School District of Pike township is partnering with Conexus, an advanced manufacturing collaborative of companies, to expand career academies in advanced manufacturing and logistics. 

    For more examples from Youth Career Connect, please go to http://www.doleta.gov/ycc


  5. Karl Jaensch on August 18, 2014 said:

    The Ohio and Rhode Island case studies don’t read like they have much to do with data driven-ness.  Or am I missing something?

    That said, I’m not objecting that data-drivenness does not appear to be what this webinar will be about, despite its title.  That’s because I don’t think that data really “drive” anything.  Real innovations come from imaginatively synthesizing many different things and stirring in a lot of common sense.

    I know DOL spends a lot of money on LMI but am convinced that most of the nitty-girtty detail that gets produced isn’t used (i.e., is a waste of money).


  6. Andrala Walker, ETA on August 19, 2014 said:

    Karl,

    Thanks for your comment and for reading our new case studies!  You are right in that both the Ohio and Rhode Island case studies feature grantees from the two previous webinars.  Those webinars focused on business engagement and career pathways, respectively. 

    Our next webinar, Harnessing Data-Driven Innovations, will be held on August 20 and will feature three Workforce Innovation Fund grantees that are, in fact, working on technology-driven solutions to workforce challenges. 

    We hope you will join us for the event and continue to share your views with us on innovation.


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