The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), and The Corps Network (TCN) released Snapshot: Youth Corps and Workforce Partnerships. The document is research-based and provides information on how Corps and workforce systems can collaborate and best utilize resources to engage youth in comprehensive programming and reconnect to education and the workforce.
Developed through an interview process with local Workforce Development Boards and Corps, Snapshot identifies promising practices for how Corps, Workforce Development Boards and American Job Centers can serve more youth by leveraging funding, co-enrolling, and co-locating services. Snapshot is designed to help workforce systems and Corps see each other as assets in a shared mission to improve the nation’s workforce development system and prepare the next generation for the labor market. It also offers examples of successful partnerships locally.
The release of the document is timely given the July 1, 2015 implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which supports states and local areas in helping job seekers acquire skills, education, and find employment. WIOA is especially focused on helping America’s 6 million youth who are out-of-school and out-of-work gain job experience and additional support to succeed in the labor market.