Our colleagues at BCT Partners recently recorded a two-part training module covering the basics of SPARQ. Part 1 covers SPARQ home screen functionality; Part 2 delves into the Web Data Collection System. This is a great resource for new staff members, or for anyone who just needs a quick refresher on the system. Many thanks to Terry Cram, Maria Rud, and Khalil Nobles!
New Website to Suggest Improvements for Workforce System
Posted on September 16, 2011 by Emma Wallace0 Comments Add Comments
The U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services are jointly seeking opinions from stakeholders about how to improve the workforce system. A new website allows anyone to share experiences and discuss approaches to transforming systems, changing service strategies and investing funds in new ways designed to improve outcomes for job seekers and employers. The site also encourages stakeholders to blog about innovative practices using specific criteria.
It's been a wild few days in D.C., with an earthquake on Tuesday and an impending hurricane this weekend. We want to make you aware of some Department of Labor disaster recovery resources that may be helpful in light of these exciting weather events, and any other disasters you encounter in your region.
The CareerOneStop website hosts a Disaster Recovery Services page at www.careeronestop.org/disasterrecoveryservices/default.aspx. This website contains links to a wide range of resources, including links to information about:
In addition, since early 2011, web pages have been developed for 39 states following an emergency declaration by the President. The Disaster Recovery Services website provides quick access to a range of employment and related resources for individuals and businesses impacted by these emergencies.
This week, September 18-24, the Department of Labor is celebrating National Employ Older Workers Week (NEOWW). Each year, members of the public workforce investment system use NEOWW as an opportunity to educate the public and employers about the value of recruiting and retaining older workers.
This year’s NEOWW theme is “Older Americans Work!”, a nod to older workers’ increasing presence and strength in the labor force. Older workers are the fastest-growing sector of the American workforce. By 2014, it is estimated that 21% of the American workforce will be 55 and older. “Retirement” is quickly becoming an outdated term as Americans live and work longer – both by choice and necessity.
Older workers often suffer from negative stereotypes about their abilities, but in reality they possess many characteristics that are attractive to employers. Research shows that older workers are more motivated to exceed expectations than younger workers. In a survey of human resource professionals, 68% of respondents considered older workers to be more reliable employees; they also cited older workers’ strong work ethic, flexible schedules, and mentoring younger workers as positive attributes. Many American companies are beginning to recognize the value in tapping this talent pool and leveraging the skills and experience of mature workers.
The message of NEOWW is simple – older workers are valuable economic contributors, and employers who develop strategies to recruit and retain them will benefit as their presence continues to increase. This week, please take a moment to consider how you can advocate for the older workers that you serve. Happy National Employ Older Workers Week!
Want more information? Visit the Older Workers Community of Practice for resources including the 2011 National Employ Older Workers Week poster, education on the value of older workers, and information about the Senior Community Service Employment Program, the only federally-funded job skills training program for older workers.
National Employ Older Workers Week is coming soon! As you know, this year the festivities are on September 18-24. Many grantees uses NEOWW as a vehicle to educate employers and elected officials about SCSEP, highlight participant success stories, and publicize the program in their communities.
In the past, the National Office has provided posters for grantees to use in their outreach efforts around NEOWW. This year, we are trying something different. We are providing electronic files for grantees; these files can be disseminated electronically, or may be used to produce flyers or posters. As in years past, we are providing materials in English and Spanish. To meet all of your distribution and printing needs, we are providing two types of files:
You can access high- and low-resolution files in both languages by clicking the "Resources" tab above, and then selecting the folder called "National Employ Older Worker Week materials".
Please feel free to distribute these to your sub-grantees or local projects, host agencies, employment centers, Career One Stop Centers, and other entities. We wish you the best of luck in your outreach efforts – we’d love to hear about your successes when the celebration is over.
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