To help workers enter and succeed in the job market, they need support in identifying and acquiring the specific skills and competencies needed for in-demand living-wage occupations. In today’s dynamic environment, organizations that provide skills training and job placement services can find it difficult to align programs to future labor market needs, identify new career pathways, and build responsive programs that lead to quality jobs.
Tipping Point Community, its grantee organizations, and Emsi Burning Glass entered into a partnership to analyze local labor market data at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed career pathway trends, employer hiring practices, how people work, and ultimately, employment opportunities. The importance of maintaining relevant and meaningful skills training and career services programs took on greater importance as service providers sought to meet the needs of their clients during these challenging times. The detailed labor market information on jobs, skills, credentials, and career pathways along with the technical assistance sessions related to curriculum auditing, career coaching, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and engaging employers provided by Emsi Burning Glass gave Tipping Point grantees an introduction to skills-based career pathways and more information on how to refine their offerings to continue to meet their clients’ needs.
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