The Promise of Career Pathways Systems Change
This policy paper, prepared by Jobs for the Future, supplements the Career Pathways Toolkit developed by Social Policy Research Associates as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Career Pathways Technical Assistance Initiative. The paper provides examples of state and local workforce investment systems that are centrally involved in the development of career pathways; discusses the benefits for workforce boards that can come from such an investment and the value of having workforce systems at the table; and describes specific investments of resources, time, and leadership that state and local workforce boards have committed to build effective career pathway systems.
The paper suggests that workforce systems should be integrally involved in planning for and carrying out career pathways systems change by:
- Collecting, analyzing, and sharing labor market information;
- Providing skills assessments, skills matching, and career navigation functions, including the identification of skills gaps where training is needed;
- Providing counseling and support services;
- Providing access to and funding for training; and
- Providing job search assistance.
The report focuses on the roles that workforce systems can play in carrying out career pathways systems development and implementation.