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Issue 30
Geographic Solutions Conference  

Larry will be presenting Is Your Workforce Program the State-of-the-Art? 


CASAS CONFERENCE
 
From Jails to Jobs! 
How to Help People in Reentry Go to Work!
How to Improve Cross Cultural Communication


Larry Robbin Training Topics

Larry trains on more than 300 topics. This list features some of the most requested workshops. Click here for the list of training topics. If you do not see what you need, please contact Larry to see if he trains on that subject. Larry trains onsite, by telephone or by webinar.

LARRY ROBBIN UPCOMING PUBLIC TRAINING SERIES


I am proud to announce that I am partnering with Step Up Silicon Valley to produce a series of trainings. Step Up Silicon Valley is a social innovation network focused on eliminating poverty in Santa Clara county California.  These trainings are for everyone that works on the front lines with people in poverty.  The trainings are for all kinds of staff in all types of programs, not just workforce development.  There are three trainings in the series - The Rules of Engagement, You Can Be a Change Agent!  How to Increase Motivation to Change in the People You Serve! and It Takes a Village!  How to Develop a Seamless and Powerful Referral System Community to Help People Succeed! 

 For full descriptions of the trainings and to register go to:


SEND FOR OUR NEW MENTAL HEALTH AND
EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE LIST!

Since about one in five people struggle with a mental health illness, everyone reading this newsletter works with people dealing with mental health disabilities. These barriers to employment can often be very difficult for workforce development professionals and other individuals working on employment as a goal.  I have compiled a list of resources, websites and reports that will help you as you work with people with mental health disabilities.  To get the resource list, send an email to

WHO IS THE NEW NOMINEE FOR SECRETARY OF LABOR?

A fter Andrew Pudzer withdrew his name from being nominated as Secretary of Labor, President Trump nominated Alexander Acosta. 




CHECK OUT THE CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
FROM THE 2017 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
WORKFORCE BOARDS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) is the only workforce association that focuses exclusively on improving the work of workforce development boards.  They are one of the leading organizations working to create good policies and more funding at the federal level for workforce development.  They also provide a great deal of technical assistance to local workforce boards.  Their 2017 conference was attended by more than 1500 people.  Their website lists many of the handouts, speeches and presentations from the conference.  You will find a lot of help information by clicking here.

HELPING SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE START BUSINESSES

While starting a business comes with certain risks-according to the Small Business Administration two-thirds of businesses with employees will fold within their first two years-it can also be an empowering experience that may further economic independence for women and their families. Many survivors of domestic violence have and will continue to seek business ownership as a means to support themselves and rebuild their lives. What can data tell us about women's entrepreneurship and how can advocates empower survivors to pursue this path safely and successfully?  For more information click here to read the report.

MANAGEMENT CORNER
POLITICAL TENSION IS MAKING IT HARD FOR PEOPLE TO FOCUS ON WORK

This article focuses on political tension felt in the workplace, and the negative effect it has on employees. The results of a recent study suggest that 10% of employees report feelings of stress, cynicism, difficulty focusing, and decreased productivity. Another study suggests that 87% of employees admit to reading political posts on social media during the workday, and 50% report seeing political discussions turn into arguments. In addition, 29% of employees have reported decreased productivity since the election. There is growing concern that the charged political atmosphere could lead to increased incivility, which may increase turnover and diminished trust between coworkers. Organizations are still learning to manage this problem, and the article recommends trying to find the right balance between employee voices and maintaining civility.  To access the article click here.

ARE YOU ENCOURAGING JOB SEEKERS
TO SET UP A JOB SEARCH BUDDY GROUP?

Job search is often a very lonely activity.  People need support and this article has some great pointers about how your job seekers can organize a job search buddy group.  Read this interesting approach to helping people with their job search.

ARE YOU USING THIS NEW JOB LOCATOR?

This innovative website uses Department of Labor data to show were hiring is happening for a specific type of job.  You can look up a job title and it will show you where in the country those jobs are in the greatest demand.  You can also look up an area and find out what jobs are in demand in that location.  It also has wage information.  Click here to check it out.

HOW SMART COMPANIES ARE TAPPING INTO 
UNEMPLOYED YOUTH

It can be very difficult to help youth get jobs, especially disconnected youth - those out of both work and school.  But smart companies are making good use of young talent.  The information in this insightful article will be very helpful as you make the case to business people about why employers should hire youth.  




WHAT ARE SOME BEST PRACTICES FOR WORKING
WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE?

Substance abuse is one of the most common and challenging barriers to employment.  This publication was written for people who do case management with individuals with substance abuse problems.  Even though the booklet does not have an employment focus, the concepts, strategies and information about substance abuse and specific populations will be very helpful to any workforce development professional.  This information will give you a much deeper understanding of substance abuse counseling.  Click here.

HOW DO YOU ENGAGE EMPLOYERS IN
 CAREER PATHWAYS WORK?

This resource guide presents working models of successful employer engagement and lessons for securing and sustaining partnerships with employers. It was written to help education and training providers fully realize the value of strategic, long-term, and intensive partnerships with employers. While directed to community colleges and their state-level partners in Accelerating Opportunity, it is relevant to all practitioners in workforce, career, and technical education, and adult education.



ARE YOUR JOB SEEKERS OVER
THINKING OR UNDER THINKING INTERVIEWS?

Some people over think job interviews.  They nitpick things to a point that will keep them awake at night.  They think to themselves, "I didn't get that job I wanted because of all these things I did wrong. I'm just the worst."  There are also people that do not pay enough attention to various parts of the job search.  To help people avoid learning some of these lessons the hard way, here are a few moments people tend to overanalyze, plus a few other moments some people really don't think about nearly enough.  Click here for the article.

WHAT ARE THE BEST PRACTICES FOR
RETAINING WOMEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?

The construction industry invests time and money to train its workforce through apprenticeship, on-the-job training, and journeymen upgrades. Ensuring that these investments result in quality workers who remain in the industry is critical. However, retention in construction remains a challenge, and in particular, for women and minorities who often face barriers on the jobsite and in their careers.  If you are an apprenticeship program, pre-apprenticeship training provider, employer, or other workforce practitioner, this webinar is for you. Learn about retention and supportive service models to increase retention of women in construction. A panel of industry experts and peers will provide you with best practices and resources to add to your toolkit. You will learn how to ensure workers successfully move from pre-apprenticeship to Registered Apprenticeship and employment during this hour long free webinar.  To access the webinar, click here.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF CHANCE IN THE CAREER PROCESS?

We often make it sound like people end up careers because of some well planned and laid out process, but this is not a universal truth.  Many people end in up careers by chance.  The vast majority of people reading this newsletter did not end up in workforce development as the result of a well crafted career plan.  There is a high degree of probability that chance played an important role in you ending up in workforce development.  But, you probably do not discuss this aspect of your own career development with the job seekers you serve.  This article speaks to the role chance has in career development.  To learn more click here.



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