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Wednesday March 4, 2015
Woman in hard hat
This blog was originally posted on Walmart's blog.  No matter where we are in the workforce, there’s one thing we all have in common: Everyone started somewhere. On the other hand, the factors that influence where we’re able to go next are countless. Skills and certifications rank toward the top when it comes to advancement. But in retail, the opportunity for gaining those can often be unclear. The transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) industry is a long overlooked, but increasingly critical piece of the retail sector – and the nation’s economic recovery. The U.S. Department of...
Tags: Career Pathways
Thursday December 11, 2014
In April 2011, Jobs for the Future was one of six organizations in the country to receive a Green Jobs Innovation Fund (GJIF) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. At $8 million, JFF’s grant was the largest awarded, and it funded innovative green industry training and employment programs in seven different cities: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The project officially concluded in September 2014, and JFF is actively sharing results and lessons learned from this large-scale employment initiative. Our...
Tags: Green Skills, Workforce Partnership, Addressing Employer Needs
Monday November 3, 2014
Labor market information (LMI) can provide great insight into the economic landscape of a region, and be used in so many ways that it is sometimes hard to know where to get started. To help the Newark Workforce Investment Board (WIB) analyze how to best use LMI within their increasingly data-driven decision making processes—a goal of their Workforce Innovation Fund project “Managing for Success,” a technical assistance subject matter expert, Lois Joy from Jobs for the Future, demonstrated how to use both traditional and real-time LMI to guide the WIB’s investments and increase accountability...
Tags: Labor Market Information
Tuesday September 23, 2014
The Walmart Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to Jobs for the Future to improve job training programs in the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics industry. The TDL workforce is a critical underpinning of the retail industry, providing much needed integrated warehousing and supply chain management solutions. Despite the reliance on this industry to link manufacturers and trading partners to wholesalers, retailers, and consumers, TDL is often one of the most overlooked occupational clusters in our nation's economic recovery. The Walmart Foundation is committed to helping people...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Green Skills
Tuesday July 15, 2014
What comes to mind when you think of apprenticeship? Maybe you recall that Ben Franklin was a printer’s apprentice. Or, maybe you think of Donald Trump’s TV show. Unfortunately, most people don’t immediate think of apprenticeship as a viable pathway to a good job. Apprenticeship is not a workforce strategy that has had much traction in the United States of late. But it should be. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce, 65 percent of U.S. jobs will require some level of postsecondary education—and 30 percent of those could be filled by apprenticeship. On July 14th, I...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career Pathways, Apprenticeship