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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

New tool-mySkills myFuture

The Workforce3One webinar on this new tool is already full.  We’ll try to provide a recorded version.


ETA Announces New Electronic Tool — mySkills myFuture – to Launch on September 6
Aug 31, 2010

The Employment and Training Administration has announced a new electronic tool, mySkills, myFuture, which will officially launch on September 6, 2010.

The tool will enable job seekers and intermediaries such as employment counselors to match a worker’s occupational skills and experiences with the skills needed in other occupations, in order to enhance their career mobility and economic prospects. mySkills, myFuture is designed for use as either a self-help tool or with the assistance of expert advisers, and is intended for the following audiences:

All job seekers with some employment history (including dislocated workers);

Staff intermediaries in One Stop Career Centers, including career guidance and employment counselors;

Non-profit groups, community based organizations, and other entities that retrain workers;

Businesses interested in retraining their workforce, as part of an effort to redesign their production or service processes, implement new technologies, or simply to enhance the skills of their workforce; and

Economic development agencies seeking to retrain workers in order to help area firms grow, attract firms to relocate in, or persuade firms to remain in the local area.

mySkills, myFuture is designed to meet various needs. For example, an individual would be able to: 1) use her/his previous employment experience to identify similar occupations for which s/he may be qualified; 2) identify the skills s/he needs but lacks to qualify for a specific job; 3) identify education, training and apprenticeship institutions where these skills can be obtained; and 4) provide links to relevant job opportunities in national and state job banks.

The following features have been included in this new tool:

  • Links to job banks and job openings;
  • Links to education and training courses, apprenticeships, and certifications needed to qualify for the occupations that the tool identifies; 
  • High-growth and green occupations are automatically highlighted;
  • Access to all other CareerOneStop electronic tools; and
  • A user feedback button labeled “Rate this Page” to enable site visitors to offer comments or suggestions. 

Training and Employment Notice 09-10 provides additional background on the tool as well as an updated Electronic Tools Guide Fact Sheet.

NAWDP and NAWB Seek YOUR Input

Dear Colleague:

Many times we tell our customers to add to their career portfolio by obtaining industry-recognized credentials.

The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) have joined forces to identify how credentials play a part in our own profession – the workforce development profession.

We ask that you take about 12 minutes to complete a survey about the use of credentialing in the workforce development profession to help us strengthen our efforts to improve the effectiveness of our nation’s workforce development system.

The survey will be available until September 10, 2010. We will be happy to share a copy of the survey report with anyone who requests it.

Thank you for your continued support of workforce development and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Bridget Brown

Executive Director

National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP)

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America’s Heroes at Work: Supporting Those Who Have Served Others

Military personnel transitioning to the civilian workforce offer America’s businesses a ready source of committed job candidates with transferable skills and real-world experience. The ability to adapt, learn quickly and get the job done exemplify the military experience — and are also the hallmarks of a model employee.

Read more about America’s Heroes at Work: Supporting Those Who Have Served Others in the August issue of Business Sense.

The DOL Newsletter – August 19, 2010: $1 Million in Back Wages, 90 Years of Voting, Here Comes The Judge

To view this newsletter, please go to http://www.dol.gov/_sec/newsletter/.

Women’s Bureau Initiatives on Work-life Balance & Equal Pay Announced at the White House

From the US DOL Women’s Bureau.

On Tuesday, July 20, Vice President Joe Biden held a Middle Class Task Force event at the White House to announce initiatives and developments in the areas of equal pay and work-life balance – two of the Women’s Bureau’s four priority issues. The White House and government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Labor (DOL), announced several new programs and collaborative, cross-agency efforts. One key collaborative effort is the Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force recently created by the President and designed to improve interagency coordination and enforcement efforts for maximum effectiveness.

In addition, as part of the Department of Labor’s ongoing efforts to promote and improve business practices and policies that provide greater work-life balance and workplace flexibility, Secretary Solis announced the Women’s Bureau’s National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility will kick off this fall.

Read the WB Press Release and access more information about the initiatives online.