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Spring 2017
HappeningsHappenings at the Association of Iowa Workforce Partners
  • On Tuesday, January 31, the Association of Iowa Workforce Partners hosted legislators at their annual Legislative Breakfast. The event was designed to bring together local workforce professionals and their legislators to talk about local priorities for workforce. Nearly 40 legislators visited with AIWP members at the Breakfast. See a video of the event on our Facebook page.
  • Registration is open for the 2017 AIWP Annual Conference! Join us March 22-24, 2017 for Partnerships with Purpose: Pathways for Success, with sessions on Priority of Service, Youth, Sector Partnerships, and Career Pathways, to name just a few, as well as a preconference focused on serving ex-offenders as the reenter the workforce. Visit our website for more detailed information on sessions. Register online today!
ResourcesResources Worthy of Your Attention
  • Iowa Workforce Development has released its new Future Ready Iowa website. The site is a result of the collaborate efforts between many state agencies, including Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa College Student Aid Commission. To aid in reaching the goal of 70% of the population having education and training beyond high school by 2025, the Future Ready Iowa website is a one-stop shop where students and adults can find high-demand career opportunities in Iowa, identify education and training needed as well as financial resources that may be available. More information about career pathways will be added in coming months.
  • AIWP collects resources now and then that may be useful in your work. Check out our resources page on our website to find out more.
CaseStudiesCase Studies in Collaboration

Iowa's Untapped Workforce: A Roadmap to Second Chance Hiring Event was held on Thursday 02/09/17 in Dubuque. About 100 individuals from various employers and community agencies participated in an Offender Reentry Simulation, listened to an employer/employee panel discussion on Second Chance Hiring, and received valuable insight into overcoming significant barriers to employment  

This event is a partnership between Dubuque Works, Express Staffing Agency, Greater Dubuque Development Co
rporation, IowaWORKS, Northeast Iowa Community College, and other community partners. 

TranslatingWIOATranslating WIOA
Department of Labor TEGL 16-16, released January 2017 with the subject "One-Stop Operations Guidance for the American Job Center Network" gives the nuts-and-bolts vision for one-stop operations in local job centers.

The primary characteristic of the American Job Center Network is the co-located service delivery of all four titles of WIOA, as well as those of required and additional partners. Together, they:
  • Provide job seekers with the skills and credentials necessary to secure and advance in employment with wages that sustain themselves and their families;
  • Ensure that access and opportunities are being made available to individuals with disabilities, English language learners, those with low levels of literacy;
  • Enable businesses and employers to easily identify and hire skilled workers and access other human resource assistance, including education and training, applicant pre-screening, offering rooms for interviewing, and other forms of assistance.
  • Ensure that high-quality integrated data is used to support decisions made by policy makers, employers, and job seekers.
The American Job Center Network allows agencies to share in the benefits that are inherent in partnering in an integrated one-stop delivery system:
  • Services are provided for individuals at all levels of skill and experience, including those with disabilities or other barriers to employment.
  • Access to multiple resources in one location reduces travel for customers needing referrals or multiple services, and may also facilitate the leveraging and braiding of resources across systems for individual customers.
  • An integrated and intake process for all customers allows staff to appropriately assist customers and make knowledgeable referrals to partner programs.
  • As part of an aligned team, partners have access to a wider range of business engagement strategies, increasing the opportunity for better placement services and outcomes for all customers.
DearBobDear Bob
Dear Bob,
WIOA requires sector partnership boards but we already have advisory boards. Are they the same thing?

Not necessarily. The two groups may have different purposes. Sector partnerships are designed to be business-led decision-making bodies with the purpose to bring together key stakeholders within targeted industries to collaborate for solutions to meet the labor market demands of the region through training and education, awareness, and workforce services and supports.. This vision may be broader than that of existing advisory boards.

Sector partnerships are not intended to serve as advisors for a single entity. Rather, these industry-led groups are designed to look at the industry career pipeline as a whole and determine effective strategies through which to match employers with employees.

To further differentiate sector partnerships from existing advisory bodies, please reference this one-pager developed by AIWP and the chart below developed by the Woolsey Group, a national leader on sector partnerships.
UpcomingEventsUpcoming Events
  • AIWP Annual Conference - March 22-24, 2017, Des Moines, IA. Find out more on our website and register online.
  • Workforce GPS: 2017 WIOA National Convenings - multiple dates starting April 18-20, 2017; multiple locations. Find out more here.
  • National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference - May 22-24, 2017, New Orleans, LA. For more information visit the NAWDP website.
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