Agenda 1. Workforce Investment Board 2. Workforce Investment Act CareerLink 4.Youth Council/Regional Career Education Partnership 4.Youth Council/Regional Career Education Partnership 5. Workforce 2011 to Workforce 2012
North Central Pennsylvania Sq. Mi - 5,100 Pop -234,000 43 people per square mile Roughly the size of the state of Connecticut
1. Workforce Investment Board
Workforce Investment Board MISSION The North Central Workforce Investment Board will provide the leadership necessary to ensure we have an educated and skilled workforce that exceeds the workforce needs of local employers.
Workforce Investment Board Private Sector Driven Board 29 Members 15 Private Sector – majority membership 14 Public Sector (including education, community based org., economic development, welfare, labor) Committees: Executive, CareerLink, Futures, Audit & Finance, & Youth Council 5 Staff oversee WIB activities
2. Workforce Investment Act 101
Role of the WIB: Regional Workforce Development System CareerLink System CareerLink Center Partners MOA State eligible providers of training Development and management of a budget Performance of the system Oversight of the system Employer linkages Youth System w/oversight by the Youth Council
WIB – Other Responsibilities: Labor Market Analysts, Advisors and Communicators Access to a great deal of real-time data. Source for accurate and timely data and research pertinent to many key stakeholders and institutions. Advocate Strong voice at every level for the public workforce system, working to educate others about how the public workforce system adds value to the quality of life and economic competitiveness of the state and local area.
WIB – Other Responsibilities: Connector – Intermediary Convener of employers – industry partnerships. Facilitate the connections of business and industry with education. Facilitate connections between the workforce system and others systems such as justice, aging, human services and economic development. Innovator Identify and develop new programs or ideas to pilot through WIA funding. Leverage funding other than WIA to implement new programs.
Key Roles for WIB Members Representing the Customers of Workforce Development Services Issue Management Quality Assurance Community Needs Identification and Analysis Regional Planning Unified Advocacy Increasing Use of Consumer Information
PA CareerLink® (as established by the NCWIB at their March 2010 Retreat) Vision – The North Central CareerLink System will be responsive to employer and job seeker needs by providing quality services. Mission – The mission of the North Central CareerLink System is to minimize skill gaps and meet employer and job-seeker needs within the Region.
PA CareerLink Priority Areas 1 - Employer/Industry Partnerships 2 - Marketing & Outreach 3 - Job Seekers & Incumbent Workers 4 - Management, Structure, Systems, and Resources
Employer/Industry Partnership Goals Increase employer use of the CareerLink System Increase Service Coordination – and Marketing Enhance workforce skill sets Improve integration Innovative opportunities to partner with industry
Marketing & Outreach Goals Improve the public’s perception Expand outreach – new employers Expand outreach – job seekers Soft Skills Training - workshops
Job Seeker & Incumbent Workers Goals Educate students/parents on skill set needs Increase pool of skilled and entry-level workers Link recent graduates with job opportunities Encourage life long learning Recruit and retain a skilled workforce
Management, Structure, Systems and Resources Goals Assess the current structure Establish minimum acceptable levels of service Determine sustainability of the CareerLink System
Workforce Development - Funded by the WIB – Partner in the PA CareerLink Training and Employment Services Career Counseling Curriculum Development Assessments KeyTrain WorkKeys Business Services On-the-Job Training Individual Training Accounts Career Education Workshops
4.Youth Council/Regional Career Education Partnership 4.Youth Council/Regional Career Education Partnership
Youth Council / RCEP Mission: Building Partnerships that Prepare Today’s Youth to be Tomorrow’s Productive Citizens. Four Goal Areas: Career and Education Awareness Career Preparedness Connect Youth with Employment Opportunities Promote the Youth Council as a Valued Resource
Youth Council…. Preparing Youth for the 21 st Century Youth Services – Title I of WIA Educator in the Workplace Parent and Community Seminars Career Education Work Standards – assistance to schools in the implementing the standards.
Business and Education Connect Initiative to better connect Business to Education Summit – March 28, 2012 120 Participants from education, employers, and youth agencies Business and Industries Connection to Schools Program Career Awareness Without funding a lot can be done – through collaboration!
Summit Presentations – Promising Pathway to Careers Bill Bartle – Youth Policy Director for PA Partnerships for Children PPC is a statewide advocacy organization representing the needs of PA’s children and youth. Strong and effective voice for improving the health, education and well-being of the children of PA. Works is done on children’s health, welfare, early childhood education, basic education though post secondary and youth development and transitions to productive adulthood (college and career ready agenda) Development of a Promising Pathways to Careers Toolkit For Employers, Work-Based Learning Providers and for Afterschool Providers Work-Based Learning ○ Work based learning activities include Career Awareness, Career Exploration and Career Preparation. ○ Career Awareness – start early – career presentations, career fairs, workplace tours and field trips, interviews with adults in careers of interest, career camps. ○ Career Exploration – middle and high school– job shadowing, mentoring by career professionals, service learning, career / industry clubs. ○ Career Preparation – late high school – internships, apprenticeships, work experience…
Benefits of Work Based Learning To Young People: Motivation to stay in school and graduate Acquiring soft skills Planning for and attending postsecondary education Understanding of the jobs of the new economy and the educational and skill requirements
Benefits of Work Based Learning Benefits to Employers: A pipeline of future qualified workers. A head start on recruiting new employees. Extra help on seasonal or back burner projects. Supervisory experience for current employees. New perspectives and thinking – technology Public / Community Relations
Benefits of Work Based Learning Benefits to Communities: Linked System – Education, Workforce, Economic Development Positive impact on economic development Higher levels of educational attainment result in higher earnings, lower unemployment, poverty, crime and incarceration rates. Collaboration – Working together – not duplicating services and resources.
Summit Presentation – Helping Students Find Meaning in their future Work Life Dr. Jeannette Carter – Director of Outreach for K-12, PA College of Technology The PA Career Education and Work Standards (CEWs), Chapter 4 of Title 22, are part of the State Board of Education’s regulations of required education for all students in Pennsylvania. The Career Education and Work Standards address four areas of knowledge: Career Awareness and Preparation Career Acquisition (Getting a Job) Career Retention and Advancement Entrepreneurship Assessments on the CEWs begin in Grade 3 (also in grades 5, 8 and 11) Districts can implement strategies within existing disciplines or can implement stand-alone courses to specifically address these standards.
Talking to Students Dr. Carter suggests: Expand the conversation past WHAT – Talk about WHAT you love; And WHY you love it; Listen to students and help them make career connections. Hands on is best. Experiences are best; Talk to students like an adult – provide context and meaning. Additional information and resources – ○ ○
Summit Presentation – Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenges of Preparing Young Americans for the 21 st Century William Symonds – Pathways to Prosperity Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education Key messages from report: The US is increasingly failing to prepare young people to lead successful lives as adults; This is the key role of education in the American Century; We have lost our global leadership in educational attainment and achievement; Teens and young adults (20-24) are increasingly unable to find work; The transition to adulthood is far longer
Pathways to Prosperity In 1973, a high school diploma was the passport to the American Dream; 72% of the workforce of 91 million had no more than a high school diploma Post-secondary education is necessary to compete in the global economy in 2010 and beyond; Between 1973 and 2007, we added 63 Million jobs – jobs held by those with no more than a HS education fell by 2 million over this period Workers with a HS education or less now make up just 41% of workforce, compared to 72% in 1971 Studies project that these trends will continue – Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce forecasts that 63% of all job will require at least some college in 2018, up from 59% now; The US will need to produce 22 million more Post Secondary Education degrees by 2018 – we are likely to fall short.
Pathways to Prosperity College for all does not mean everyone needs a Bachelor’s Degree: Center on Education and the Workforce forecast of Educational Demand by 2018: 36% of jobs will require a HS diploma or less 30% of jobs will require some college / AA degree 33% of jobs will require a BA / BS or better
Pathways to Prosperity Full report can be found at: s/features/2011/Pathways_to_Prosperity _Feb2011.pdf s/features/2011/Pathways_to_Prosperity _Feb2011.pdf Summary – What can we do knowing this? Identify multiple pathways Increase involvement of employer and school collaboration Provide high quality career counseling Expand and improve opportunities for work-based learning
Workforce 2011…..to 2012 30% cut in WIA funding 50% cut in EARN funding (Welfare services) 100% cut in RCEP funding 45% cut in our IP funding Need to think creatively Redesigning of CareerLink System
Making it work with less! All agencies are doing more with less. Collaboration is the key! Changes to local ITA Policy Changes to Unemployment Compensation – Active Work Search is required for UC recipients.
Challenges Economic Recovery Reduced and/or eliminated funding Skill Gaps Long-Term Unemployed Workers need retooled Pipeline Career Awareness and Opportunities for our Youth
Opportunities PA CareerLink Services Skills Training ○ Individual Training Accounts ○ On-the-Job Training ○ PA CareerLink Workshops - Soft Skills ○ Work Keys and Key Train Industry Partnerships Manufacturing Healthcare Youth Initiatives
Industry Partnerships Implemented by NCWIB: Health Care Advanced Manufacturing Also involved in on a regional level : Transportation and Logistics Building Trades ShaleNET
What are employers saying: Aside from job specific skills employers are looking for soft skills such as: Math and Reading Skills Writing Skills Reliability Willingness to Learn Teamwork Communication Problem Solving / Critical Thinking! Dependability – Showing up everyday and on time! Drug Free
What is Labor Market Information? The labor market is the interaction of individuals competing for jobs (occupations) and employers (industries) competing for workers, usually in a particular geographic area. Labor market information (LMI) is the description of the interaction between occupations and employers. It is information that describes and interprets how a labor market is functioning, and identifies available labor resources and employment opportunities. Three major components make up LMI: economic or labor force information (the number of people employed and unemployed), occupational information (descriptions of occupations), and demographic information (characteristics of the general population related to employment and workers)
How do we use Labor Market Information: As a guidance tool to assist us in the targeting of our resources; to guide our training dollars; As a service to employers and job seekers in our CareerLinks; As a service to our local schools, chambers, and other partners; In the development of the “High Priority Occupation List” In the development of Industry Clusters leading to Industry Partnerships.
Cameron County Total Population – 43,400 Male: 2,461 Female: 2,549 Ages 0-14 – 720 Ages Ages – 642 Ages – 917 Ages – 1,325 Ages 65 and older – 1,075 *2012 U.S. census Labor Force Total 2,400 Employed 2,100 Unemployed 300 (11.1%) PA Unemployment (7.9%) Per Capita Personal Income - $31,459 PA Per Capita Income - $40,604
Major Employers GKN Sinter Metals Cameron County School District American Sintered Technologies Guy and Mary Felt Manor Emporium Hardwoods Operating Racoh Products Cameron County Commissioners General Electric Community Action Olivett Market
Compared to other NC Counties: Unemployment Rates (July 2012): Cameron County – 11.1% Clearfield County – 9.0% Elk County – 6.6% Jefferson County – 7.9% McKean County – 8.1% Potter County – 8.7%
How you can get involved Industry Partnerships Health Care Manufacturing Workforce Investment Board Committees Youth Council / Regional Career Education Partnership Business and Industry Connection to Schools Program
Contact Information North Central Workforce Investment Board Director: Susan Snelick Director of Planning: Pam Streich 651 Montmorenci Road Ridgway, PA Phone: Website: