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How We Co-Invest for Impact - New Blog Series

At the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, we catalyze our network to co-invest in a set of integrated solutions that enable workers, employers, and communities to thrive. Our co-investment model gives our network of communities greater resources to do the work that needs to be done. In a new blog series, we dig into different approaches to co-investment across our network of regional collaboratives. Read the first in our series, an interview with Matt Bruce of Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance, Co-Invest for Impact: The Model for Success.


New Report on Scaling Workforce Programming in Baltimore

Linda Dworak of the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative explores opportunities to scale up effective workforce development programming in Baltimore. The report focuses on the expansion of comprehensive models that address opportunity gaps. Pillars of this model include in-demand skills training, industry-recognized certification programs, intense employer engagement, and support services that mitigate personal and systemic barriers to employment.


President's Corner: A Workforce Message Gaining Traction

If you have news alerts enabled on your phone, this Friday around 8:30 in the morning you can expect to see breaking news covering the monthly employment situation, known colloquially as “the jobs report.” For a while now, that news has skewed positive, touting low unemployment and plentiful jobs. Across our network, our local partners have leveraged the tight labor market to encourage employers to make positives changes as they compete for talent. We applaud those changes because we know that even though the job quantity numbers look good, the job quality numbers tell a different story. We have pushed this message for some time, and now there are signs that the message is gaining traction among economists and policy wonks. This week, an opinion piece by Jared Bernstein of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities appeared in the Washington Post: “Job quantity, check. Job quality, not check.” In it, Bernstein cites a new Gallup survey on the quality of work in the United States. According to the survey, less than half of workers are in “good jobs.” Connecting people to work is not enough. It’s time to talk about good jobs.

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Financial Wellness @ Work

For low-wage workers, even a small unexpected expense can trigger a financial crisis. When these workers turn to predatory lenders—so-called “payday loans,”—it can quickly spiral into an endless cycle of debt. The National Fund’s workplace financial wellness initiative explores better options.
Earlier this month, Ellen Frank-Miller of Washington University in St. Louis, the National Fund’s partner on workplace financial wellness, made a presentation about small loan program options to a group of employers in Dallas, with the goal of enlisting a few employers to pilot a no-cost employer loan program and talk about their experience at a later meeting. All of the employers who attended learned about a research brief on one such loan program. After learning about the benefit and impact of small-dollar loan programs, three employers committed to piloting the TrueConnect loan product. Stay tuned to learn about the outcomes of this pilot program.

No Car, No Job; No Job, No Car - Announcing the Newest Winners of the Paradox Prize

Earlier this month, the Fund for our Economic Future in Cleveland announced two more winners of the Paradox Prize. Read about the latest innovative solutions to this regional transportation paradox from winners Community Action Wayne/Medina and Laketran.


Celebrating Apprenticeship Week
November 11-17

With a tight labor market, more employers than ever are turning toward apprenticeship as a source for building the skilled workforce they need to succeed. Across the National Fund network, we have seen an explosion of apprenticeship programs being offered, many in non-traditional sectors like healthcare and IT. We are so excited to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week this November, beginning on November 11. Engage with us on social media by using #NFApprenticeship19 #NAW2019.

Apprenticeship Webinar Double-Header Thursday, November 7


Making Youth Apprenticeship Equitable 

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions and New America invite you to attend “Making Youth Apprenticeships Equitable and Effective: Lessons From North Carolina” on Thursday, November 7,  3:00 p.m. Eastern. This webinar will highlight a recent study and report by the North Carolina Justice Center. Report authors Allan Freyer and Pamela Howze will present, along with Elizabeth Standafer, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator at ApprenticeshipNC.

The Essentials of High-Quality Pre-Apprenticeship 

Pre-apprenticeship programs can be a critical stepping-stone for those without access to apprenticeship programs and the opportunities they provide. Pre-apprenticeships supply the training, support services, and career navigation assistance that people need to enter and succeed in an apprenticeship and, ultimately, a career. This webinar, hosted by Jobs for the Future, will be held Thursday, November 7, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

Blog Roundup

CareerSTAT Academy Member Spotlight: Ascension Seton
Industry Partnerships at the National Fund

Job Opportunity at National Skills Coalition


State Network Manager 

National Skills Coalition seeks a State Network Manager, who will work with the State Network Director, other NSC staff, and state partners to support the development and promotion of NSC’s SkillSPAN (Skills State Policy Advocacy Network) – a first-ever national network of state coalitions working to advance state skills policies. The state network manager will work to coordinate NSC staff capacities to provide customized technical assistance to state coalitions toward policy impacts. The state network manager will also help the state team develop policy peer learning opportunities across state coalitions.

Success Across the Network

The National Fund's network of 33 partner communities are continually testing and scaling new efforts to help workers, companies, and communities succeed. Our local partners are strengthening their regions' workforce system, preparing workers for good jobs and helping companies hire and retain talented employees. Recent stories include:

News From the Field
As a kick-off to the beginning of Apprenticeship Month, our partners in Milwaukee will be participating in an Apprenticeship Awareness event happening on November 9. The DWD Mobile Job Center will be at the event and will show attendees how to search for careers and registered apprenticeships. For those of you in the greater Milwaukee region, do not miss out on this exciting event!

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