Thriving Service #5: Job Training All of our children and family members need access to learning leading to the opportunity to secure a job. We need to ensure that schools, vocational education and higher education are aligning to the future job markets.
DESIGNING A COUNTYWIDE FAMILY-FRIENDLY JOB TRAINING SYSTEM
The past: How did we get to this point of needing a family-friendly job training system? Who exactly needs it anyway? What problems is the system supposed to solve? Why don’t people just find training themselves without outside help?
The present (action agenda): Within this subject, we’ve identified ten strategies – called innovation areas – that can be used to tackle the job training access problem. Within those we suggest about 20 100% Community projects that you (yes, you) can take on, thus propelling your community towards family-friendly job training in its many forms.
The future (goals): With enough work on these innovations/projects, we’ll get to the point where innovation ten – the creation of a City/County Dept. of Family-Friendly Job Training – becomes a reality. With a state-of-the-art system of care in place, 100% of our county’s families report excellent support and service.
Since we are currently in the present creating the future, your commitment to innovation is most eagerly sought and needed.
Addressing a Challenge
When we “Google it”, how many results come up?
Most effective job training programs for low income students: 997,000,000
Foundations supporting job training: 292,000,000
Government programs focused on job training: 1,080,000,000
Aligning education with the job market: 34,500,000
How can rural communities address lack of jobs: 722,000,000
With the web bursting at the seams with research on how best to train our youth and adults for jobs, why do so many communities struggle with underemployment and unemployment? What do local governments, schools and higher education need to do, in collaboration, to create a seamless system of education that flows directly to jobs? And how do we ensure that jobs have good wages, working conditions and benefits? It may sound complex, but with the right people in the room, a countywide strategic plan can be created to ensure that children are growing up in households where parents are able to provide all the basics.
Technology is changing the way we train for jobs, find positions and work. Living wage jobs create stable families. Having money just makes it easier to raise kids, afford medical care, and achieve the stability that you need to form good supportive relationships.
Eric’s mom Tess knows that a college education means a better life for her entire family. We can ensure that higher ed aligns with the future job markets.
Whether economic stability is accomplished by a high minimum wage, a wage subsidy, or some free-market solution we have yet to see in the real world, we are open to ideas. If the result is parents with a living wage, their children are better cared for and the risk for adverse childhood experiences is reduced.
Innovations focus on technology to identify job seekers and to enhance job training, placement, strengthening entrepreneurship and economic development. Higher education plays a vital role as the workforce becomes engaged with their communities, and begin working to meeting local needs for accessible programs.
Learn More in The 100% COMMUNITY COURSE
A 100% Community is one where all our families and county residents get the support they need to be trauma-free and thrive. In our 100% Community Course local leaders are learning how to address gaps in ten vital family services. Course graduates work in action teams through the 100% Community initiative to design, implement and evaluate innovations shown to increase the quality and quantity of services.
Participants in the 100% Community course choose which of the 10 family services areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services” they wish to focus on.
100% COMMUNITY COURSE IS ACTION-FOCUSED
The course is designed to support county stakeholders in developing projects in ten inter-connected service sectors.
Participants in the 100% Community course focus on the one family service area they are most passionate about (one of 10 family service areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services”).
When you enroll in the 100% Community course, you will be working to improve one sector as part of an action team. Each innovation area has short and long-term projects to develop, all with the support of the course instructors. All projects focus on supporting local communities and agencies in strengthening services to meet the needs of residents.
READ 100% COMMUNITY
The course textbook 100% Community by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello guide the development of the 10 innovations listed here. It acts as a blueprint for implementing evidence-informed innovations at a county level across a state.
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