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Career Advancement Strategies for Low Wage Workers Moving to a Demand Driven Workforce System Job Opportunities Task Force and Open Society institute.

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1 Career Advancement Strategies for Low Wage Workers Moving to a Demand Driven Workforce System Job Opportunities Task Force and Open Society institute

2 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Today Objective: Provide broad policy context and practical solutions to promote career advancement Transition Update Workforce Supply Workforce Demand Workforce Approaches

3 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 GWIB/DLLR Merger Workforce Development = Economic Development The Governor is now involved Focus on workforce policy Incumbent worker programs will be emphasized

4 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Maryland’s Workforce Supply

5 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Maryland’s Workforce Supply 4 yr Colleges awarded 34,152 degrees & Community Colleges awarded 6,901 degrees (2001) 55% of HS grads attend college Hard to serve = 9% of MD’s population Individuals in poverty increased 14% Families in poverty increased by 11% 19,888 persons receiving welfare assistance 3,788 on active parole

6 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Maryland’s Workforce Demand Employment growth: 926,387 Industries projected to gain the most jobs*: Services-471,698 Retail Trade-185,534 Construction-48,917 * Openings from growth and replacement

7 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Fastest Growing Occupations Top % of projected annual openings Office & Administrative Support Sales and related occupations Food Preparation and Serving Managerial Transportation and Materials Handling

8 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Top 5’s Growth by Number Growth by Percentage Location Quotients See Hand Out

9 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Education/Skills Needed The top 25 job creating occupations are dominated by lower skill jobs 19/25 require OJT; 5 require a BS/BA 28% of openings require a bachelor’s 5% require an AA 4% post secondary 63% of openings only require OJT.

10 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 What Employers Say About Public Workforce system 40% believe primary goal of workforce is economic development The remaining 60%: half believe the purpose is human resources and half believe it is social welfare 41% have heard of a One Stop and 19% have used one Source: Center for Workforce Preparation

11 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Public Workforce Services 10-20% penetration rate: businesses using workforce services It was estimated by OMB that only 7% of the people eligible for JTPA were served by JTPA $50 Billion annually invested in training by private sector

12 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Connecting Supply to Demand Workforce System’s Core Competencies Ability to serve the hard to serve Ability to develop collaborations Community based Nobody does it better! Focus upon the needs of Business Business is the customer Our clients are our product

13 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Shift to Demand Driven Business driven Industry Sectoral Approaches Supported Work Environments Incumbent Worker Training Business and Intermediary Collaborations

14 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Industry Sectoral Approaches Business led Targeted to specific Industry Linked by a strategic partner Provide training strategies that benefit main stream & low-income individuals Examples Healthcare in SW Pennsylvania & Board’s Healthcare Initiative DBED organized a Interactive Digital Tech City is working with Health & Bio Tech leaders

15 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Supported Work Environments Placement is the beginning, not the end Case management and follow up services Department of Rehabilitation Services & Goodwill Industries Local models that works closely with employers to overcome significant barriers Tiered Employment

16 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Incumbent Worker Training Business is an invested partner Promote long term self sufficiency Examples: STEP Partnership for Workforce Quality Maryland Industrial Training Program Customized Training

17 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Business and Intermediary Collaborations WIBs, Community Colleges and Local Economic Development – offer business an attractive mix of services Targeted Investments e.g. The Reinvestment Fund Business services: Employee Assistance, Sectoral leadership, Career ladder/Curriculum development, Technical assistance, access to financial incentives

18 Governor's Workforce Investment Board 6/12/03 Resources Workforce Advantage Workforce Strategy Center Center for Workforce Preparation Governor’s Workforce Investment Board


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