FREE HARD-TO-EMPLOY RESOURCE LIST NOW AVAILABLE!
Are you looking for helpful websites, reports, tips and best practice information that will help you get the best outcomes with the hard-to-employ? Look no further! I have compiled some of the best information available about how to make employment progress with the hard-to-employ. If you want the Hard-to-Employ Resource List, just send an email to
hard-to-employ in the subject line
DO YOU WORK WITH YOUTH!
DO NOT MISS THE NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM!!
The National Youth Development Symposium is the biggest youth employment conference in the country. It will feature workshops and speakers on the best state-of-the-art practices in the youth workforce development field. The conference is sponsored by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (
). I am proud to say that over the years I have been invited to do more workshops at this conference than any other presenter. This year I will be doing a special preconference session titled:
YOU CAN BE A BARRIER BUSTER!
NEW WAYS TO ELIMINATE BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT IN YOUTH!
Barrier elimination strategies are stuck in tradition. They used to work, but they cannot overcome the powerful multiple challenges youth face today. This workshop for management and staff will reinvent your approach to barriers! Learn how to work from a strengths first model and empower youth to use their assets to eliminate their obstacles. Discover how proactive normalizing barrier conversations make it possible to discuss barriers that youth often hide. Mobilize the power of peer barrier removal role models so they can convince youth to overcome the hurdles they face. Youth need to go to supportive services for barriers you cannot address, but they rarely go. Peer role models can sell them on going to referral resources in ways that you cannot match. The workshop includes free barrier removal handouts. Help youth become barrier busters and shorten their pathway to employment!
I look forward to seeing you at the conference!
TRAUMA AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS
A MUST READ REPORT!
Trauma is one of the most devastating life experiences. It is relatively under assessed and not understood in the vast majority of youth employment programs. When a program and staff become trauma informed, they can help youth recover and make progress in many areas of their lives.
reviews the prevalence and effects of child and youth trauma and discusses trauma informed supports and interventions, with an eye to applying the information to youth employability programs.
HARD WORK ON SOFT SKILLS!
HOW DO YOU CREATE A CULTURE OF WORK
IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS?
We all know we need to help the people in our programs learn soft skills and improve their emotional intelligence, but few programs have achieved success in this critical area. The following report describes four highly regarded workforce development programs, concentrating on how they cultivate soft skills. All of these programs approach the task in many ways, mixing and matching their tactics to the needs of particular groups of people. Still, each of them has developed a degree of expertise or a distinctive style in one technique that stands out from all the others. This report is must reading for workforce development professionals.
HOW HIRING FORMERLY INCARCERATED
JOB SEEKERS BENEFITS YOUR COMPANY!
A GREAT REPORT FOR EMPLOYERS, JOB DEVELOPERS,
BUSINESS SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES,
EMPLOYMENT SPECIALISTS AND PEOPLE IN REENTRY!
Back to Business: How Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Job Seekers Benefits Your Company is a new report from the Trone Center for Justice & Equality. Today, 70 million Americans-one in three adults-have a criminal record. When companies break down these barriers to employment and provide second chances, they can have a positive impact on the lives of individuals, the trajectory of families, on the health of their businesses, and on the growth of the American economy. The bottom line: doing good is good for business.
FREE CAREER ASSESSMENTS
The following Career Exploration List presents a variety of free, online self-assessments to assist individuals struggling with awareness of skills, temperament, and abilities.
BEST PRACTICES IN ONE-STOP CUSTOMER SERVICE
This report documents the findings of a benchmarking study commissioned by the National Performance Review on one-stop customer service. The best practices described here represent the actions and philosophies of world-class customer service organizations in the public and private sectors. While this report was done a while ago, there are still many very important lessons to be learned for both staff and management in the report.
HOW CAN YOU HELP TRANSGENDER PEOPLE WITH EMPLOYMENT?
The National Center for Transgender Equality has a lot of very helpful information on their website. They cover all sorts of issues that relate to people who are transgender. This particular section covers the rights of transgender individuals in dealing with discrimination in the workplace. Check out the other parts of their website for more information.
NEW AND RETURNING CLIENTS OF ROBBIN AND ASSOCIATES
I am so fortunate to get to work with so many outstanding organizations. Please check out the websites of these great programs. There is a lot of interesting information on their websites. More programs will be featured in the next issue of the newsletter. Thank you for using my services!
I am doing a series of ten webinars for the staff and management of Ross workforce programs. Topics covered so far are Improving Cross Cultural Communication with Immigrants and Refugees! and How to Sell Employers on the Profit Making Benefits of Work Experience and OJT!
The Stride Center is using my staff training and management consulting services to help the program conceive, design and implement its new reentry training initiative. I recently trained their staff and partners in the key principles related to becoming a trauma informed program.
CALIFORNIA AFL-CIO WORKFORCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
I provide on going management consultation about improving apprenticeships, labor partnerships with workforce organizations, workforce development best practices,
labor management initiatives and strategies to help people succeed in high wage occupations and careers.
HACK THE HOOD
This organization used my management consulting services to cover a new way to do case management using the Captain and Coach Approach to Case Management (
click here for a description
), strategies for improving youth engagement, developing new metrics to evaluate program success and the state-of-the-art practices in youth workforce development.
Pathways consultants is the technical assistance coordinator for specific grant funded programs of the California Workforce Development Board. They used my services to do a three part webinar series on the best practices for workforce development partnerships. I also provided consulting on recruitment for a construction contractors program and a homeless youth program.
These are just a few examples of the great organizations that use my services. If you want to bring any of these services to your organization, send me an email at
so we can turn your program challenges into success stories now!
A GREAT RESOURCE FOR SERVING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
The Job Accommodation Network is one of the best resources for all types of information about people with disabilities and employment. They have put together a series of short webinars about a wide variety of disability and employment related topics.
WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS DO TO IMPROVE THE SKILLS
OF FRONT LINE AND ENTRY-LEVEL WORKERS?
A Great Report to Help Your Work and Give to Your Employers!
UpSkill America released the UpSkilling Playbook for Employers, designed to be a tool for employers interested in investing in economic opportunities for frontline and entry-level workers, while at the same time improving business outcomes. "We hope the playbook will inform a national conversation on sustainable jobs, expanding opportunity, and the role that employers can and do play," said UpSkill America Director Jaime Fall. Click here for the report.
WHAT ARE TEN GOOD JOBS THAT DO NOT NEED
A COLLEGE DEGREE?
Having a college degree is more important than ever when it comes to being competitive in today's job market. But there are still some occupations that don't require a degree − and which pay good wages. Typically, some kind of technical or professional training is required, such as an apprenticeship, on-the-job training or a licensing program. Here are 10 jobs that don't require a degree, have median salaries over $40,000 and are expected to grow at an average or above average pace over the next few years. Click here for the list.
WHAT ARE THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF NURSING MOTHERS AT WORK?
Many workforce professionals, nursing mothers and employers are not aware of the legal rights of nursing mothers in the workplace. This information clarifies those rights.
Click here for the information
HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER THE
HARD QUESTIONS ABOUT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT?