Workforce Matters Video Library

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The Work and Learn Ecosystem: An Update on the U.S. Credentialing Landscape

The ever-shifting work and learn landscape has made selecting an education and training program a more high-stakes choice for students and workers than ever before. Meanwhile, businesses struggle to understand what the 334,000+ credentials available to US workers mean, making it difficult for them to make smart, efficient hiring decisions and often leading them to default to proxies for skills (like a college degree) that both exclude potentially qualified workers and sometimes result in bad hires.

With hundreds of thousands of credentials available in the U.S. alone, and little easily-accessible data available about the majority of them, the credential marketplace is confusing and chaotic. While many initiatives are working hard to bring order and understanding to this key piece of the nation’s economy, coordination among efforts has been challenging to track. To improve coordination and collaboration, more than 30 funders joined a discussion hosted by JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lumina Foundation, Markle Foundation, and Schmidt Futures in fall 2018 to consider key questions about the credential marketplace. To understand the scope of work currently in action, the group began work on a map that describes the work of several initiatives, identifies the key players, and lists the mileposts they seek to reach with projected timelines.

Workforce Matters hosted a webinar on Friday, May 10th to share an overview of the resulting Guide to Key Initiatives for the Connected Learn and Work Ecosystem, hear from several funders who are currently investing in this space, and learn about two programs that have multiple initiatives featured in the guide. Our speakers included:

  • Emilie Rafal, Director of Programs, Credential Engine
  • Andrew Dunckelman, Head of Economic Opportunity, Google.org
  • Sarah Steinberg, Vice President, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Jason A. Tyszko, Vice President, Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce
  • Holly Zanville, Strategy Director for the Future of Learning and Work, Lumina Foundation

In addition, Danielle Goonan of the Walmart Foundation joined us to talk about how this work aligns with the interests of Workforce Matters’ Employer Practices working group.

May 10, 2019

Criminal Justice Reform and Economic Mobility: Intersection and Action

Through this recorded webinar, learn about efforts that are underway at the federal, state, and local levels to take a closer look at the inequities in the criminal justice system and take steps to address them. From ending money bail to prosecutorial reform, the options for action vary and it can be hard for workforce development funders to know where to get involved. Join Tameshia Mansfield of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to learn how they are stepping into this space through the work of two of their grantees:

  • Rebecca Vallas of the Center for American Progress will share information about the Clean Slate Campaign, a national effort to automatically clear or expunge the criminal records of millions of justice-involved individuals across the country.
  • Will Heaton will talk about the work of JustLeadershipUSA, a group led by individuals who are directly impacted by the justice system, which ensures that their voice, expertise, and needs are central to campaigns that advocate for policies that end structural racism and ensure that underinvested communities receive and can access the resources they need. Through its #workingfutures campaign, JustLeadershipUSA is working at the intersection of criminal justice reform and economic justice.

May 2, 2019

Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship Funders Q&A

Workforce Matters hosted a call with Brent Parton of New America to share information about the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA). PAYA will award 4-8 grants later this year of up to $200,000 each to support partnerships of employers, education institutions, community partners, and policy leaders who are working together to build high-quality youth apprenticeship programs to meet local economic need. PAYA was launched with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ballmer Group, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Joyce Foundation, JP Morgan Chase & Co. and the Siemens Foundation. national funders group. February 21, 2019

Equity in Apprenticeship

Workforce Matters hosted a webinar with Laura Dresser and Mariah Young-Jones of the Center on Wisconsin Strategies at UW Madison. COWS shared information about Equity in Apprenticeship, a new collection of resources developed with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Equity in Apprenticeship highlights programs that use apprenticeship to extend occupational opportunity to historically marginalized groups, especially people of color and women. The series consists of four case studies and an overview document with policy and practice principles for equity in apprenticeship. January 24, 2019.

North Carolina's Apprenticeship Ecosystem

The Workforce Matters Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning learning network hosted three guests to learn more about how apprenticeship and work-based learning are being deployed in North Carolina: Tony Marshall, President and CEO of Innovative Systems Group; Allan Freyer, Director of Workers' Rights at the North Carolina Justice Center; and Pam Howze, Program Director for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions' Apprenticeship Initiative and the former Statewide Director of Apprenticeship, Business, and Veterans Services for the North Carolina Department of Commerce/NC-Works. December 12, 2018

A conversation for Workforce Funders on Proposed Changes to Public Charge

A brief overview of proposed changes to public charge, featuring expertise from Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the National Skills Coalition. December 4, 2018

2018 Federal Workforce Policy Update

A Workforce Matters webinar with National Skills Coalition, CLASP, and Advance CTE on federal workforce policy, with a focus on the Perkins Act and Higher Education Reauthorization. Also briefly addresses Farm Bill and TANF. November 29, 2018

Philanthropic Approaches to Employer Practice Change

In Philanthropic Approaches to Employer Practice Change, Danielle Goonan of the Walmart Foundation and Haley Glover of the Lumina Foundation share insights and lessons learned from their foundations' work to strengthen employer practices. November 13, 2018

Accelerating Employer Practice Change

A webinar and conversation with The Rockefeller Foundation and their partners at FSG. Our speakers share background on the impetus for their Accelerating Employer Practice Change work as well as a summary of FSG’s findings from a series of conversations that spanned December 2017 – May 2018 and engaged stakeholders across the workforce development system around the question “How might we accelerate employer adoption of practices that increase competitiveness and access to opportunity?” Presenters included: Alyson Wise, Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation; and Laura Roberts, Head of Programs - Workforce, FSG. October 23, 2018

Accessing Maryland’s Wage Record Data

In 2016, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and local partners started exploring how to gain access to the state’s wage record data to simplify the process of tracking long-term outcomes for workforce program participants. Learn how the partners set up agreements with the state of Maryland and with grantees, provided technical assistance to grantees, and determined what data they could access. Presenters included: Marci Hunn, Program Director, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation; Linda Dworak, Director, Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative; Dr. Richard Clinch, Director, and Susan Christiansen, Research Economist, Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore. September 6, 2018

Inclusive Growth: How economic development organizations can support talent development

A webinar with the Brookings Institution on lessons learned from its Inclusive Economic Development Lab. This webinar featured Joseph Parilla from the Brookings Institution sharing the findings and lessons from Brookings’ Inclusive Economic Development Learning Lab, which worked with economic development entities in three U.S. cities to develop evidence-driven narratives to lay the groundwork for new commitments to economic and racial inclusion. Nikia Clarke of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, who helped lead San Diego’s participation in the Lab, discussed how her organization is supporting talent development locally. October 2, 2018.

Mobilize 101: An Introduction to Workforce Matters Online Communities

A brief tutorial on current Workforce Matters learning networks and our new online community, Mobilize.io. May 1, 2018

How to Engage Banks in Workforce Development

Elizabeth Sobel-Blum from the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank and co-author of Engaging Workforce Development: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations joined Workforce Matters Members for a conversation about how funders can help local communities and workforce organizations partner with financial institutions. December 8, 2017

Highlights: New America Youth Apprenticeship Study

With the support of the Siemens Foundation, New America completed research to answer some key questions about the possibilities and challenges of connecting more American high school students to apprenticeship. During this webinar, New America shared its key findings and reflected on new possibilities in this emerging field. That includes the important roles of policymakers, industry, as well as philanthropy to support the expansion of meaningful, high-quality youth apprenticeship. December 7, 2017

Community Voice and Breakout Innovation

A growing number of workforce development grantmakers are interested in incorporating the voice and perspective of workers in the design, implementation, and evaluation of their grantmaking. In this webinar, Workforce Matters explored this nascent field via conversations with four national leaders in this space: Joanna Levitt Cea and Jess Rimington, whose article - Creating Breakout Innovation - recently appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Kelly Ryan and Jenny Riggenbach of Incourage Community Foundation, who have been endeavoring to apply these principles in their own work. November 2, 2017

Income Volatility and the Platform Economy

Workforce Matters held a webinar on August 28 with Fiona Greig of the JPMorgan Chase Research Institute, who provided members with an overview of the Institute's research in this area and discussed implications for workforce development. August 28, 2017

Investing in Entry-Level Talent

Danielle Goonan from the Walmart Foundation and Fay Hanleybrown and Kimberly Gilsdorf from FSG share highlights from their report, Investing in Entry-Level Talent: Retention Strategies that Work, and the Impact Hiring Employer Learning Community they are facilitating to help employers put these retention strategies in action. Includes highlights from companies like Verizon Wireless, Gap, Inc. and Wegmans Food Markets. They will also share reactions to the report from the nine major companies participating in the Impact Hiring learning community, and what they are learning about employer engagement in the process. May 16, 2017

Investing in Change: Philanthropy and Advocacy 101

Workforce Matters members joined a special webinar with Keely Monroe, Counsel at Alliance for Justice. This web presentation discussed rules that funders should keep in mind to comply with federal tax law while helping to maximize the effectiveness of their nonprofit grantees' advocacy work. Please Note: This is a 3rd party recording, so you must contact us to request access to the link. This recording is reserved for current Workforce Matters members. April 25, 2017

Becoming Bilingual in Immigration & Workforce: What Philanthropic Leaders Need to Know

Fast-moving policy developments are reshaping the landscape for both workforce development and immigration issues. Join Workforce Matters and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for a webinar that will provide a practical grounding in key aspects of both fields from a philanthropic perspective. Understand how new federal and state policies are influencing the prospects of immigrant workers—both documented and undocumented—and how changing demographics are affecting workforce initiatives, including those without an explicit immigration focus. August 2, 2016