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National Fund Monthly Newsletter, September 2013
September 2014   
National Fund Receives $3 Million Continuation Grant from SIF
This September, the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced a $3 million continuation grant to the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, bringing the SIF’s total investment in the fund to $15.7 million. The SIF made its first grant to the National Fund in 2010 to support targeted training and technical assistance for low-income individuals while also addressing the critical skill needs of employers.
With the investment of SIF funds, the National Fund is currently able to support regional workforce funder collaboratives creating locally designed workforce solutions in 23 communities across the country.
Social Innovation Fund Director, Michael Smith said, “Five years ago the SIF was created to fund solutions that work, and make them work for more people—signaling a shift in the way the government and philanthropy invest in community solutions. Five years later we’ve become a national solutions accelerator and amplifier.”
The SIF has helped the National Fund generate support through 1:1 matching of funds from more than a dozen national foundations. Read more.
CareerSTAT Launches Frontline Health Care Worker Champions Recognition Program

Now Accepting Nominations for 2015!


CareerSTAT, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and Jobs for the Future have announced a call for nominations for the 2015 CareerSTAT Frontline Health Care Worker Champions. This annual program recognizes health care employers that provide substantial skill and career development opportunities for their frontline staff. Nominations are due Friday, November 28, 2014. Award recipients will be announced in Spring 2015 and recognized at the National Fund’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on June 17th-19th. Visit the CareerSTAT website to read about the program, learn more about last year’s Champions, and apply!

National Fund Participants See Greater Returns than Comparison Group

A new study conducted by IMPAQ International LLC shows that unemployed individuals who participated in programs supported by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions were more likely to obtain employment, retain jobs, and earn better pay, as compared to similar participants in other workforce development programs during the same period.

The study, "Quasi-Experimental Impact Study of NFWS/SIF Workforce Partnership Programs" revealed that participants in the health care program realized 40 percent higher employment rates and 58 percent higher earnings after one year than unemployed individuals served by other workforce programs. In advanced manufacturing, National Fund-supported participants had 40 percent higher employment rates and 42 percent higher earnings after one year. The construction sector program had smaller, but still positive impacts on employment, though with steep declines in employment overall in construction, it was not surprising that there was no evidence of positive impacts on employment retention and wage earnings.
“The results of this study validate what employers have been telling us for years, which is that new hires from industry-focused training programs are better hires: they have more skills and are more engaged in the work, all of which make them more productive and the company more profitable,” said Janice Urbanik, Executive Director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce. Read more about the study.

SAWDC Hosts 5th Annual Career Exploration Event

150 Industry Partnerships and Over 10,000 8th Grade Students were brought together for the event!


The Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) held their 2014 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity event, which took place on September 24th in Mobile, AL. Over 150 industry partners hosted 10,000+ 8th grade students from over 80 schools in the 8-county region of SAWDC for a two-day, interactive career exploration like no other! The purpose of the event is to expose students to careers available locally and to demonstrate what each career involves through an interactive, engaging series of activities. Read more about Worlds of Opportunity here.
Mamadou Ndiaye Makes the Case for Investment in Youth Programs

Mamadou NdiayeMamadou Ndiaye’s latest blog post, “A New Framework for Solving Youth Unemployment” talks about the importance of employment opportunities for young people, the unfortunate reality of the current unemployment rate for this segment of the population, and some promising solutions, including the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund and the Youth/ Industry Partnership Initiative. Read the blog here:
Nation's First Adult Education/Workforce Development Pay-for-Success Bond Initiative

Jewish Vocational Service has been selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to develop the nation’s first Pay-for-Success bond initiative to deliver Adult Basic Education and vocational training services. The $15 million initiative will assist nearly 3,000 adults, providing programming in the areas of Rapid Employment, English for Advancement, Skills Training, and Bridges to College. Governor Deval Patrick said of the initiative, “The results-oriented nature of this new adult basic education initiative will help improve the lives of future generations for years to come.” Learn more.

Jobs for the Future will be participating in this initiative by providing technical assistance and other services.
NYACH Conference Highlights Health Coaching as an Opportunity to Improve Patient Outcomes and Build Career Ladders

On September 9, 2014 the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH) held their second annual workforce development conference, the “Innovative Primary Care Team,” attended by more than 100 representatives from health care providers, education and training institutions, community-based organizations, and funders.  Conference attendees examined ways to enhance frontline worker roles to improve patient outcomes while simultaneously creating career ladder opportunities.
“This conference provided a unique opportunity to bring together a host of stakeholders from industry, education, and the non-profit community to ensure that the current and future workforce is being trained with the new skills required to work effectively in today’s changing healthcare environment,” commented Shawna Trager, executive director of NYACH.
News You Can Use

Minding the Gap: Investing in a Skilled Manufacturing Workforce

Are you a manufacturer interested in identifying and growing the talent you need? Are you an educator or workforce development leader seeking to target your program to the current business needs of manufacturers? Are you anticipating how transformations in the manufacturing sector will affect the skills required for its workforce? Jobs for the Future, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, and The Manufacturing Institute are convening a summit that will highlight effective training models from across the country that are successfully addressing manufacturing workforce needs. The summit will take place from November 18-19 in Arlington, VA. Register for the conference today!!

“Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century”

The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City, along with the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, and Rutgers University are co-sponsoring the conference, “Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century” from October 15 – 17, 2014. Learn more and register.

Implementing Workforce Planning and Measuring Business Impact Webinar

CareerSTAT will be hosting an affinity webinar on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 2:00pm ET, focusing on Implementing Workforce Planning and Measuring Business Impact. Please register for the affinity call today!

National Fund 2015 Annual Meeting

The National Fund will be hosting its 5th  Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on June 17-19, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor. Learn more about last year's 2014 Annual Meeting.
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