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  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 10/15/2018 12:06 AM by Alexander Hollister

     

  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 9/20/2018 6:03 PM by Alexander Hollister

    Organizations and agencies running programs to help participants find jobs often hear the mantra of employer engagement. To help participants get jobs, it is necessary to engage employers. But in many ways, the term “employer engagement” is the black box of workforce program services. It is where all the answers lie, but no one knows what is in the black box. And for many SWFI grantees, engaging employers can also be one of the biggest challenges.

  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 7/13/2018 7:51 PM by Alexander Hollister

     

  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 6/5/2018 12:29 PM by Alexander Hollister

    SWFI grantees are working to support job training students who are parents of young children, and this means incorporating child care as a support service. This is difficult because child care fees are expensive and public child care assistance funds are inadequate. However, there is some good news!

  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 5/11/2018 1:17 PM by Alexander Hollister

    Recruiting participants is often the most challenging aspect of managing any program. Most programs experience recruiting challenges at some point along the way. Recruitment tools—both active and passive—can help your team respond to a changing recruitment environment. As partners shift, the economy changes, or other challenges arise, it is important to devise a plan for recruitment using a variety of tools.

  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 4/23/2018 3:51 PM by Alexander Hollister
    Effective partnering with child care and training providers is critical to SWFI success. Here we highlight just one example of how SWFI grantees are developing and maintaining effective partnerships with child care partners. We also highlight several helpful resources on effective partnering.
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    Posted 3/19/2018 7:14 PM by Alexander Hollister

    SWFI grantees may encounter challenges in connecting their participants to opportunities in target industries, ranging from “selling” the target industry to participants, to building participants’ skills so they can progress along a career pathway toward middle- and high-skilled employment. Strong, collaborative partnerships with employers and other stakeholders in your target industries can also help expand job training and employment opportunities for SWFI participants.

  • WorkforceGPS Blog Icon
    Posted 9/5/2017 3:13 PM by Alexander Hollister

     We’re very excited to announce the launch of the H-1B Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) Community of Practice. This online community will be the location for all technical assistance resources, news and collaboration for grantees.