Workshops & Roundtables: The Forum 2018

Presented by the National Association of Workforce Boards

The Forum 2018 comes at a tumultuous time for the workforce system. The economy is changing, with old jobs disappearing and new ones appearing. Technology is making some jobs obsolete while radically reshaping others. Wage structures are changing; some new jobs are low wage, and some are project-based, a modern version of "piece-work." Many come without the insurance, pensions, and other benefits that were traditionally attached to employment in the U.S. Increasingly, there is little market need for individuals with just a high school degree -- or less -- and people with these skills are being shut out of good paying, middle-class jobs. Family-supporting wages require some type of post-secondary credential.

Employers are seeing the need for higher skills in the workforce, and in some cases, are taking on a larger role in economic and workforce development. Business must be a part of discussions mapping out a region's economic development strategy, and provide information about projected workforce and skill demands. They need to work with workforce development boards and education and training providers to ensure that training programs match their skill needs and to help define career ladders. They also need to be part of training programs, providing real-world problems for students to solve and locations for internships and job training. Finally, business needs to be a part of the broader policy conversation on how a workforce system should be configured and how we pay for skills development in the U.S. WIOA's purpose to better align the workforce system with education and economic development in an effort to create a collective response to economic and labor market challenges on the national, state, and local levels, necessitates partnership and a collective dialogue.

The Forum 2018 workshops and roundtables will be held on Sunday, March 25 and Monday, March 26. Workshops will be 75 minutes in length, while Roundtables are 25-minute discussions presented three times in quick succession during a workshop period at intimate tables of 10. Topics and schedules for the sessions are as follows:

Sunday, March 25th

Workshops: Innovations in Service Delivery, Opportunities in Effective Operations

9:30 am -10:45 am

  • Driving Strategic Board Performance by Thinking Like a Private-Sector Business
  • Financial Capability as Driving Force behind Better Outcomes
  • Financial Institutions' Engagement in Workforce Development
  • How Might We Design a Public System for the Out of Work?
  • If We Knew Then What We Know Now: Forming a Regional Workforce Board
  • Innovative Partnerships and Programming to Improve the Lives of Opportunity Youth
  • One-Stop System Accessibility from a Federal, State, and Local Perspective
  • Partnering with Corrections to Promote Reentry and Employment
  • Recent Federal Research and Evaluation Findings and their Potential for Informing Policy and Program Direction
  • Rethinking Job Search: Building Job Seeker Confidence, Motivation, and Accountability
  • Vegas Reset: New Partners New Capacity
  • What in the World? Global Solutions for Workforce and Economic Development
  • What Workforce Professionals Want from Workforce Leaders
  • Workforce System Alignment: Process, Strategies, and Tools

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

  • Beyond WIOA: Broadening the Scope of your Workforce Development Board
  • Beyond WIOA: Leading True Regional Partnerships
  • Breaking through the Noise: Effective Outreach to Business and Industry
  • Creating a Future-Forward Workforce System
  • Flip the Script: Changing the Story of San Diego's Opportunity Youth
  • Florida’s Local and Indiana’s State Perspective on Technology-Based Workforce Solutions
  • Governor's Coaching Corps Prepares Colorado Jobseekers for Digital Economy
  • Helping Incarcerated Individuals Find Employment after Release
  • Linking Workforce Boards and Community College Partners through Prior Learning Assessment Strategies
  • Re-Imagining AJCs: When Business and Job-Seeking Customers Design Services with Us
  • So Long Silos: Building Strategic Alliances between Colleges and Workforce Boards
  • Strategies for Including Job Seekers with Disabilities: Using Diversity Partners Online Toolboxes
  • Updates on WIOA Performance Accountability and the Effectiveness in Serving Employers

Roundtables: Peer to Peer

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Amazon HQ2: How Workforce Boards and Universities Can Engage in Economic Development Mega-Projects
  • Business Engagement Evolution: The World as You Know it Has Changed
  • Developing and Promoting a “Talent Development Network”
  • I Might as Well Read the Minutes
  • Innovations and Lessons Learned in Response to a Mass Layoff
  • Leveraging Industry Sector Strategies to Advance Registered Apprenticeships
  • Military Spouses: The Unrecognized Unemployed and Underemployed Population
  • Program Evaluation Design for Local Workforce Boards
  • Summer R.I.S.E.: Connecting Kids to Careers
  • Utilizing Logic Models to Develop Operational Strategies to Manage Challenges and Changes
  • Want You to Be My Neighbor: Place Strategies from Pittsburgh
  • We Need You and You Need Us

Monday, March 26th

Roundtables: Partner and Agency

10:15 am - 11:30 am

  • Expanding your Training Inventory with Open Educational Resources
  • Free and Useful Labor Market Information
  • Incorporating Safe, Affordable Financial Accounts into Youth Employment Programs
  • Latest Results on Skills of U.S. Young Adults
  • Making Solar Training Part of Your Workforce Solution
  • New Start Career Network: Serving Older, Long-term Unemployed Job Seekers
  • Opportunity Youth Pathways in the Lodging Sector
  • Serving Youth with Disabilities through a Community of Practice: Long Beach Lessons
  • Strategies and Resources for Engaging Out-of-School Youth and Youth with Disabilities
  • The Boot Camp Approach to Reengaging Out-Of-School Youth
  • The Rising Tide of 50+ Workers: Collaborative Approaches from AARP Foundation
  • Threat or Opportunity? Workforce Development and the Gig Economy
  • Workforce Practices and Foreign Direct Investment Attraction

Workshops: Industry Sector Strategies, Business Services

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

  • 21st Century Apprenticeship and the Workforce System
  • Aero-Flex Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship: An Innovative and Employer-Centric Model
  • Building Community Impact through Robust Sector Partnerships
  • Everyone in the Sandbox! Partnership to Create Childcare Training and Service Provision
  • Fostering Employer-Driven Talent Pipelines: A Facilitating Role for Workforce Development
  • Meeting Middle-Skill Talent Needs: Focus on Out-of-School Youth and Young Adults
  • Regional Workforce Partnership: Eleven Urban Workforce Boards Come Together
  • Re-Imagine Retail: Looking and Learning toward the Future
  • The Workforce System and the Future of Work: Tools for Change
  • We Need a Bigger Pool!

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Apprenticeship 2.0: Finding the Sweet Spot for Employers and Apprentices
  • Apprenticeship and Workforce Partnerships: Developing Targeted Initiatives for Sustainable Industry Impact
  • Collaborating with Employers and Chambers of Commerce to Employ the Formerly Incarcerated
  • Creating Hope in Healthcare: Equity and Equality through Good Jobs
  • Creating Responsive Partnerships that Lead to Employment for Out-of-School Youth
  • Managerial Apprenticeship Programs in the Lodging and Restaurant Industries: Strategies for Engagement
  • Sector Strategies 3.0 in SWWA: Moving from Fancy Plans to Meaningful Action
  • Understanding the Many Futures of Work and Implications for Your Communities
  • Using CRM Technology for Seamless Regional Business Engagement

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