Who doesn’t want to tell their government officials or WIB boards that they successfully served WIA clients and therefore passed their negotiated performance targets? Yet, many states have felt that these targets should more accurately reflect their economic conditions and client characteristics. A possible, mutually beneficial solution?
A regression model.
As R.I. is excited to be a part of DOL’s Regression Model Project, I attended a formal kick-off meeting, at DOL’s
Perhaps more importantly from a state perspective, we had plenty of time to share common experiences and concerns. I heard from others who saw PY09 performance plunge as a result of the Recession or natural disasters. The different styles for negotiating performance rates was eye-opening. R.I. along with others offered additional areas for impacting the model, such as public transportation infrastructure and rural/ urban differences.
We walked away with printed materials (including information as to how the other pilot states currently negotiate performance) to share with our agencies/ WIBs. We agreed that a ‘branding’/ marketing approach was vital for the model’s acceptance within our states and eventually throughout the nation. Valuable contacts made have already provided RI been made use of.
Key elements from this kick-off event which we shared with our WIBs were positively received. All here are excited about the prospects and implications of utilizing the regression model. I personally look forward to additional meetings with all involved, nationally.
The current economy has thrust workforce development into the spotlight. Getting America's workers back into good jobs is more important -- and more challenging -- than ever. Unemployed workers are depending on the workforce system to provide easily-accessible help from day one of their unemployment (or before), until they start their new job... and beyond.
Then please join us for two days of engaging workshops, lively discussion, and serious skill-building at the Road to Recovery: Strategies for ReEmployment Conference in Washington, D.C. on December 14-15, 2010.
Getting America back to work is a big task. Together, we can help workers find jobs today, and prepare for the jobs of the future. If you're part of the workforce system, including Unemployment Insurance, Trade, Rapid Response, WIA, Employment Service, One-Stop staff, Registered Apprenticeship, and many others, or one of our many employer, economic development, education, government, or community partners, we invite you to join us.
Stay tuned for more information on this important event.
U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration