Workforce Readiness

Summertime Reads

The Workforce System Strategies (WSS) community provides a central tool for workforce professionals and their partners who strive to improve outcomes for job seekers and employers through informed decisions.  One of the recent items posted on the WSS community is a one-page fact sheet that highlights all of the great resources on the site and the different classifications of materials--from evaluation reports to policy and practice briefs to how-to guides and profiles.  Check out their tutorial that provides a solid understanding of what evidence-based practices are and how you can acquire and use them to inform the development of new programs or initiatives.  Finally, for those of you that are responsible for developing policies, WSS has posted a new toolkit from the National Skills Coalition that focuses on providing resources for state policymakers and advocates on state policies for work-based learning.  The focus of the toolkit is on paid work-based learning during employment for out-of-school youth and disadvantaged adults.

In the Apprenticeship community, there are three new business engagement tools that are designed to provide you with tips and examples about how to speak the language of business and engage them in the apprenticeship model as a way of training and hiring new employees.

The Department of Labor recently announced two grant opportunities:
$150 million in grants to support sector-based approaches to expand apprenticeships on a national scale in key industry sectors and nearly $1 million to help recruit, train, and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs and to pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and healthcare, among other industries.  To learn more about these grants, click here and here.

We hope you have a relaxing August and that these resources give you ideas for new ways of looking at your work and providing the best possible services to your customers.

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Featured Content

Bridging the Opportunity Divide for Low-Income Youth: This report provides encouraging evidence on the implementation and early impacts of Year Up--a national sectoral training program for urban young adults aged 18-24 with a high school diploma or equivalent.

Youth Committees under WIOA!: To support the transition to Youth Committees, the Division of Youth Services has hosted two webinars, Coming Together at the Table-The Power of Youth Committees to Convene, Coordinate and Collectively (2017) and Firing Up Youth Standing Committees (2015) as well as created a Recipes for Success: A Youth Committee Guide under WIOA designed to aid with transforming the potential of Youth Committees into measurable results.

Labor Market Data Sources for Targeting Services to Special Populations: Here are some of the best sources for understanding special population characteristics and demographics in the labor force, and for using labor market information (LMI) to help you target services and design service delivery to special populations. Some special populations could include veterans, older workers, long term employed, disabled individuals, etc. 

Oklahoma Workforce Initiatives and Programs

Oklahoma WorksOklahoma Workforce Portal

This portal is designed to connect job seekers, employers, and community partners to the tools and resources needed to build Oklahoma's workforce. – A revolution in Oklahoma’s job matching technology.  For job seekers and employers, the right match begins with the right resume. Matching the right people with the right jobs.

ACT WorkKeys - Oklahoma’s Career Readiness Certificate. Oklahoma's Skills Assessment and Certification ProWorkKeysgram. How businesses can ensure that job candidates possess actual skills.  WorkKeys assessment tool matches job seekers' skill sets with employer needs and identify what type of training from Workforce Centers is needed to better prepare potential employees for jobs.

Oklahoma Workforce Portal - Military ConnectionOKMilitaryConnection – Oklahoma is home to tens of thousands of veterans plus active National Guard and Reserve members who have served their country at home and abroad. Our goal is to help these individuals and spouses make the transition to life outside the military by providing them the resources they need. Our goal is to inform and support, not overwhelm. We thank you for your service and want to be of service to you. – An online searchable database of business resources and services available at Oklahoma's colleges and universities. Oklahoma's higher education system is committed to growing Oklahoma businesses as well as recruiting companies to the state. The online searchable database of business resources available at Oklahoma's colleges and universities demonstrates our commitment to businesses' success. The Business Support Services database is a handy informational tool that is both simple to use and thorough. The business support services range from tools to help people start a business or expand their customer base to customized corporate training programs. Customers can search for a particular service by service, by city and proximity to a city, and by institution and region of the state. Ideally, a customer's search results will direct them to the college or university with the business resource that fits their need.

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