Career Pathways Initiative

System Builder Resources

One of the key principles of WIA is a commitment to streamlining services through alignment. This section focuses on strategic partnerships and collaborative service design in service of system-level improvements – better aligned programs and services and complementary investment strategies across programs and agencies, for example. Resources in this section provide research and examples of:

  • Convening industry and regional partners and stakeholders to advance common goals.
  • Aligning performance measures, investments, policies, even operations – customer contact and outcome reporting, for example – across workforce programs and partner programs, such as education and economic development.
  • Leveraging program resources and services to maximize the impact of all resources invested in common workforce outcomes.
  • Building the capacity of all partners in the system to deliver excellent workforce services that meet the needs of their communities.

Many Workforce Boards have embraced the role of system building. They are increasingly working across programs and agencies to improve programs and services and meet community needs in efficient, effective, and sustainable ways. We have included a range of tools and resources to help WIBs build their own capacity to fulfill this role and that of their partner agencies and stakeholders.

Folder: System Builder\Guides and Tools
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Career Pathways Service Mapping Tool
The Community Service Mapping Tool can help WIBs build regional workforce development networks by helping partners: 1) better understand what each other’s services and activities, targeted populations, goals and objectives are, and how they do business; 2) determine what skills and workforce development services are needed in the community; and 3) analyze service gaps, augmentations and duplication in workforce and related services. The tool was developed to support Career Pathways efforts but has broader applications within and outside the workforce development field. Developed by the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and Social Policy Research Associates (SPR). [Tool, August 2011]
Career Pathways Toolkit
This toolkit offers a road map for administrators, practitioners, and policymakers developing career pathways systems at state, regional, or local levels. Career Pathways initiatives are significant system building efforts that typically require establishing multistakeholder partnerships and collaborative governance structures. This toolkit outlines a Six Key Elements Framework to support this kind of collaboration, and highlights promising practices and resources designed to support visioning and strategic planning among Career Pathways partners. Produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Investment and Social Policy Research Associates (SPR). [Toolkit, September 2011]
Expanding Business Engagement
The US Department of Labor’s Expanding Business Engagement Technical Assistance initiative engaged 13 state teams in a one-year effort to improve business engagement at all levels. The teams comprised public and private sector partners and focused on a range of issues from improving business services to tracking outcomes and impact more effectively to establishing long term partnership intended to help solve community problems. The project produced: a Business Engagement Framework & Companion Guide; a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) guide to convening partners for a boot-camp style in-person event; a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) guide to convening partners for a boot-camp style in-person event; a series of webinars aimed at promoting peer-learning among state teams; a virtual training and professional development event covering measurement, effective practice, engagement and social media, and more; and a toolkit comprising draft and final resources state teams and their partners used to guide the project, ranging from alternative performance measures to employer surveys to examples of effective engagement using social media. Products developed by Social Policy Research Associates (SPR). [Online Community of Practice, 2013]
NoRTEC Business Services Plan
Most Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) maintain a plan or strategy to support business services in their communities. The Northern California Rural Training and Employment Consortium (NoRTEC) leverage its unique status as a special district to secure resources and manage programs that go beyond the scope of traditional workforce development services, such as business startup services through the Business Resource Centers. This plan may provide other WIBs with information about structuring and managing programs and services that leverage Workforce Investment Act programs but go well beyond them. [Plan, 2013]
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Racing for the Future: The California Council on Science and Technology Workforce Investment Board Toolkit
With a focus on Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and economic development corporations, this toolkit offers 11 original downloadable support documents and provides both general and state-specific information on the roles WIB can play and the partnership lessons, practices, and infrastructures that lend themselves to success. This online toolkit was Developed by The California Council on Science and Technology, the California Space Education and Workforce Institute, and the California Workforce Association, as part of the California Innovation Corridor project (a DOL Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development or WIRED Initiative). [Online Toolkit, 2008]
State Sector Strategy Toolkit
This State Sector Strategy Toolkit is a web-based tool developed to help states design and implement policies and frameworks for statewide sector strategies at every stage of development. Containing numerous resources and templates, the toolkit covers 12 Modules that address critical areas, such engaging public and privates leadership, aligning resources, capacity building, making data-drive decisions and developing evaluation strategies. State or local Workforce Investment Boards seeking to launch sector or other partnerships may benefit from reviewing these tools as they offer many lessons on the kind of governance structures that enable effective collaboration. Developed as part of the National Governor’s Association State Sector Strategy Learning Network, in collaboration with the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) and the National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP). [Online Toolkit, 2008]
The Road to Sector Success: A Guide for Workforce Boards
This guide provides an introductory process map for workforce boards (WIBs) seeking to employ a sectoral approach to service redesign or partnership building. Sectoral strategies can help WIBs strengthen outreach to the business community and build stronger links with regional economic development champions. The guide includes lessons learned from some of the nation’s strongest performing WIBs, a list of frequently asked questions and answers about implementing sector strategies, and a list of key resources that can help WIBs begin the process. Produced by the National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). [Guide, undated]
Weadership: A Workforce Leader's Guide to the Future
The Weadership Guide and accompanying resources seek to help policy makers, funders, practitioners, and aspiring innovators advance workforce development goals in their communities. The practices that are shared are synthesized from over 500 interviews with innovative workforce leaders and extensive literature review. Additional links to other curated resources are included. Developed by U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Social Policy Research Associates (SPR). [Toolkit, 2011]
Weadership: A Workforce Leader's Guide to the Future
The Weadership Guide and accompanying resources seek to help policy makers, funders, practitioners, and aspiring innovators advance workforce development goals in their communities. The practices that are shared are synthesized from over 500 interviews with innovative workforce leaders and extensive literature review. Additional links to other curated resources are included. Developed by U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Social Policy Research Associates (SPR). [Toolkit, 2011]
Youth Council Institute Guidebook
This guidebook offers a road map for Youth Councils seeking to implement the broad vision of youth services as described in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and provides practical support materials for local staff, practitioners, council members and policy makers. Divided into three section, the guide includes a broad discussion of the required functions of Youth Councils and reviews of a number of successful models. Section one of the guide focuses on the breadth of activities that can be undertaken by Youth Councils under WIA. Section two identifies and explores important characteristics necessary for a community to builds a such comprehensive youth-serving system. The last section of the guide provides detailed examples and advise on how a Youth Council can use the frameworks, graphic tools, assessments and work plans discussed throughout the guide to meet community youth needs. [Toolkit, 2006]