LEARN ABOUT THE USER-CENTERED DEVELOPMENT BEHIND THE NJ TRAINING EXPLORER APP
October 23, 2020
Check out NJ D4AD’s Medium blog “Engineering Matters: An Interview with Team D4AD’s Lead Engineer Anne LoVerso” to learn more about the team’s approach.
Join D4AD’s Fallapalooza!
October 12, 2020
Data for the American Dream is hosting a series of virtual learning sessions to provide more information about important aspects of building effective jobseeker tools for our changing economy. We are happy to invite our network to join us for three of these:
Friday, October 23, 2020
1 pm to 3 pm EDT
Conversations around currencies: Integrating skills, alternative credentials, and competencies
Skills, alternative credentials, and competencies are increasingly important currencies for workers. In this session, we will hear from Credly, Emsi, SkillsEngine, and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation about the resources available and explore the work currently being done in this area. We will also hear about the benefits of relying on skills as a currency and how to best equip jobseekers to do so.
Friday, October 30, 2020
1 pm to 3 pm EDT
Maximizing impact on target audiences
Jobseeker tools can only be effective if they are available, accessible, and easy to understand and use. In this session, we will discuss challenges in reaching and engaging our nation’s most vulnerable workers, strategies for overcoming those challenges and best practices other sectors have used to reach similar audiences.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
1 pm to 3 pm EST
The changing economy and future of work
The job market is and has been in a state of flux. Increasing reliance on technology, shifting demands, and the pandemic all shape the economy in different ways. In this session, we will explore those changes and the future of work; including how jobseeker tools can help promote equity.
Register for one or more of these sessions by Friday, October 16.
Looking forward to having you join us!
Helping Adult Workers Pursue Their Postsecondary Education and Training Goals
October 9, 2020
Adults aged 25 to 44 without a college degree have reported a growing interest in postsecondary education or training—particularly nondegree and skills training options— since the onset of COVID-19. At the same time, enrollments in undergraduate certificate programs have declined. Inside Higher Ed recently reported the reasons for this inconsistency are:
• A large portion of these adults are worrying about basic needs such as paying the rent, having enough to eat, or having childcare.
• They lack a good understanding of available career pathways and what are valuable skills.
• They do not have details about potential education programs— such as how to access financial aid and how long it takes to earn credentials.
• Higher education has rapidly diversified its offerings to working adults over the last decade, contributing to a growing complexity of decision-making.
D4AD currently funds initiatives in three states (Colorado, Michigan, and New Jersey) that address many of the contributing factors listed above. These initiatives will help provide low-income, lower-skilled, underemployed, and unemployed workers access to current and actionable information about pathways to education and stable, long-term employment opportunities. In addition to matching jobseekers with career and training opportunities, these initiatives are enlisting intermediaries —the caseworkers, counselors, community organizers whom workers know and can trust— to provide information about additional services that can help alleviate some of these stressors.
Developed before the rapid expansion and impact of COVID-19 to address existing structural changes in the economy that have led to widening wage and skill gaps since the last recession, D4AD’s goal to help low-income, lower-skilled, unemployed, and underemployed workers take the next step to find stable, long-term employment is more important now than ever.
BLS July employment report
August 7, 2020
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report released today indicates that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.8 million in July, less than the increases of 4.8 million in June and 2.7 million in May. In July, the unemployment rate declined by 0.9 percentage point to 10.2 percent. Despite decreases in the unemployment rate and increases in employed persons in the past three months, the unemployment rate is up by 6.7 percentage points and number of unemployed persons is up by 10.6 million since February.
Since the rollout of the D4AD initiative last year, the need for tools, resources and supports that can help workers get on a path to better job prospects has grown exponentially due to the impact of the global health crisis of COVID-19 (coronavirus). D4AD grantees are earnestly working to create solutions to help low-income, lower-skilled, unemployed, and underemployed individuals confidently navigate the complex processes of reengaging with education, training, and the job search.
We continue to be inspired by and learn from the great work the D4AD grantees are doing to serve as a resource in the recovery ahead. We encourage our community of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to visit the Resources page on the D4AD website to access resources with important strategies and tactics to consider for efforts to provide workers with the information and supports they need to make well-informed decisions about their futures.
Communicating with Vulnerable Workers About Resources, Training, and Improving Job Prospects
This brief synthesizes existing research about how to communicate effectively with low-income, lower-skilled, unemployed, and underemployed workers. It reviews challenges and strategies about communicating with these workers and suggests the implications for workforce agencies in connecting with these workers.
Making Data WorK
Making Data Work for Low-Income, Lower-Skilled, Unemployed, and Underemployed Individuals seeks to identify potentially successful approaches to help fulfill the transformational promise of big data in the education realm for these key populations. It draws on available research about using data and information to reach the target groups, as well as background information about technology use and human decision making. The accompanying one-pager distills this brief and recommendations for impacting target audiences.
Xavier Hughes joins the NJ D4AD team as Product Director
February 10, 2020
Check out NJ D4AD’s Medium blog post to learn more about Xavier Hughes and NJ D4AD’s accomplishments to date.
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