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Monday March 7, 2016
By guest
The NatureWORKS team would like to thank Tyler Wilson, Director of Government Relations at the Corps Network, for contributing this guest blog.  The Corps Network partners with organizations across the nation to provide comprehensive youth development programming for youth age 16-25 that includes job training, academic skills, leadership skills, and other supports with the goal of improving communities and the environment. Participating young people contribute to projects in conservation, infrastructure improvement, and human services. The Corps is made up of organizations such as: Civicorps...
Tags: Green Skills, Workforce Partnership
Tuesday November 3, 2015
No workforce development strategy has the same track record as apprenticeship, which has proven to be one of the most effective ways to connect education to work since the middle ages. In recent years, this age-old model of training has been reinvented as an innovative new way to prepare people to fill high-demand jobs and address skills gaps in industries ranging from health care to manufacturing to information technology. On average, the starting salary for apprentices equipped with newly minted skills begins at $50,000—a respectable, livable wage in most major U.S. cities. This...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career Pathways, Manufacturing, Addressing Employer Needs, Credentials, Work-Based Learning, Employer Engagement, Apprenticeship
Tuesday November 3, 2015
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System recently hosted a panel discussion in Washington, DC focused on important topics addressed in the publication, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century. The panelists included: John Engler, President of the Business Roundtable and former Governor of Michigan; Jay C. Moon, President and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and head of the Mississippi State Workforce Board; and Terrie P. Sterling, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center....
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
Thursday March 26, 2015
This blog post is authored by Kevin Doyle, Green Economy, and Sara Lamback, Jobs for the Future. Anna Shipp is the project manager for the Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners initiative at the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Greater Philadelphia. She is a valued member of the NatureWORKS Advisory Group. Read Anna's bio.  The City of Philadelphia is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to expand the use of green infrastructure for stormwater management. Through the Green City, Clean Waters Plan, the Philadelphia Water Department committed to invest more than $2...
Tags: Green Skills, Workforce Partnership
Friday March 6, 2015
Two men working in an IT environment
Stocking shelves, flipping burgers, or looking for work, millions of young Americans are still reeling from the recession. The downturn had a particularly devastating effect on young people of color, youth from low-income backgrounds, and those without a postsecondary plan. We know it may take years of policy debate, along with strategic public and private investments, to substantially reduce youth unemployment and underemployment. But there is one thing we can do right now to help: Expand apprenticeship programs. Congress has the opportunity to approve a commonsense, bipartisan proposal to...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Addressing Employer Needs, Workforce Partnership