Resources for Educators

A wide variety of professional materials are available to help educators understand the benefits of educator-employer partnerships and provide guidance in forming and sustaining partnerships. The resources on this page have been selected for their relevance to the needs and interests of educators and evaluated by subject matter experts.

Materials listed here include fact sheets, issue briefs, research and survey findings, conference summaries, meeting presentations, action plans, handbooks, model programs, toolkits, and templates for questionnaire development and event planning.

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  • The Goals and Dimensions of Employer Engagement Workforce Development Programs (December 2015)

    This 15-page brief offers a simple framework that lays out why workforce programs engage employers and why employers engage with workforce programs. It specifies how employers are involved with workforce programs and describes the challenges for both sides. This framework can help workforce organizations sharpen their thinking about employer engagement and their goals for such partnerships.


  • A Resource Guide to Engaging Employers, Jobs for the Future (January 2015)

    This resource guide presents working models of successful employer engagement and lessons for securing and sustaining partnerships with employers. The step-by-step guide and tips are intended to be relevant to practitioners in workforce, career, technical, and adult education.


  • The First Year of Accelerating Opportunity: Implementation Findings from States and Colleges, Urban Institute (September 2014)

    This report is part of the Urban Institute's evaluation of the Accelerating Opportunity initiative, a program to help adults with low basic skills obtain career and technical education toward marketable career credentials.


  • Engaging Employers to Support Adult Career Pathway Programs, David Bond, Ed.D. (March 2013)

    This issue brief discusses employer engagement in Adult Career Pathways programs and how it can strengthen the efforts of adult educators to help learners attain secondary credentials, transition to postsecondary programs, achieve industry credentials, and secure family-sustaining employment.


  • Strategic Employer Engagement: Building Dynamic Relationships with Employers in Teen & Young Adult Employment Programs: A Workforce Development Practitioner's Guide, Commonwealth Corporation (2013)

    This guide is designed around a strategic employer engagement model to help workforce development professionals in their efforts to increase the number and quality of training and employment experiences available to teens and young adults—a segment of the population that often struggles to find its place in the work world.


  • Partnering with Employers to Promote Job Advancement for Low-Skill Individuals (March 2011)

    This paper explores the reasons why employer partnerships are important for improving economic outcomes for both low-skill workers and businesses. It identifies the factors that have hindered the growth of these partnerships as well as promising approaches—incumbent worker training and sectoral training—to build partnerships. It concludes with a discussion of policy considerations for creating and sustaining partnerships with employers to provide skill development opportunities.

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