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Building Tomorrow’s Workforce: How Employers and Workforce Development Professionals Can Forge a Powerful Partnership
In the ever-evolving landscape of workforce development, connections with employers have emerged as a critical factor in the success of initiatives aimed at nurturing a skilled and adaptable workforce. Building strong relationships with employers not only benefits job seekers but also plays a pivotal role in driving economic growth and prosperity. In this article, we […]
Navigating the Intricacies of Paid Family and Medical Leave: A Guide for Workforce and HR Professionals
State paid family and medical leave laws, frequently administered by state workforce agencies, play a crucial role in ensuring that workers have access to paid time off for specific qualifying reasons. This article aims to provide workforce professionals with a comprehensive understanding of these laws, highlighting their differences from the federal Family and Medical Leave […]
Equity and inclusivity are not just buzzwords in today’s workforce; they are essential ingredients for building a strong, vibrant, and competitive economy. Yet, countless individuals belonging to underserved groups continue to face significant barriers to entering and thriving in the job market. To truly unlock the potential of all our communities, workforce development professionals must […]
A robust and adaptable workforce is essential for economic growth and opportunity. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), implemented in 2014, aimed to streamline federal workforce development programs. However, after almost a decade, it is evident that certain challenges still persist. The “A Stronger Workforce for America Act” seeks to address these challenges and […]
President Biden’s recent Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence (AI) has sparked discussions across the nation. Touched upon are crucial aspects like safety, security, privacy, equity, and innovation – all deeply relevant to the American workforce. This article sheds light on the Order’s potential implications for workers, without advocating for any specific position. Shifting Sands in […]
Weathering economic challenges or experiencing a temporary business slowdown can be daunting, but rather than resorting to mass layoffs, employers should consider the powerful alternative of shared work programs. Also known as work-sharing or short-time compensation programs, shared work provides a mutually beneficial solution for both employers and employees during challenging times. By temporarily reducing […]
The winds of change are blowing through the world of workforce development, thanks to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule on worker classification. Scheduled to land on March 11, 2024, this game-changer replaces the 2021 Independent Contractor Rule and aligns itself with established judicial precedent. Buckle up, workforce development professionals, because you’re at […]
Traditionally, steady employment has been considered a steadfast expectation for American men, particularly those from the baby boomer generation. However, recent groundbreaking research conducted by Penn State and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine challenges this deeply ingrained stereotype. The study, based on the 1979 cohort of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, paints […]
The Oregon chapter of the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) has embarked on a series of initiatives designed to bring joy and support to the community during the holiday season. Among the noteworthy projects, the focus has been on reaching out to two distinct groups: shut-in seniors and veterans at the local VA domiciliary. […]
In a groundbreaking research report, Accenture, in collaboration with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), has unveiled compelling evidence that companies leading in disability inclusion outperform their peers financially. The report, titled “The Disability Inclusion Imperative,” builds on the landmark 2018 study on disability inclusion in the United States, exploring the evolving landscape […]
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As a world-wide organization, IAWP helps more workforce development professionals…
- Develop new skills
- Build lasting relationships
- Take the next step in their career
"IAWP has been crucial to being able to establish key connections in my field and stay current in workforce development. I wouldn't be where I am today professionally and personally without IAWP. And no matter how much I think I already know, I have 'aha' moments at every conference I attend. I believe all members can have these moments either during workshops, conference sessions, talking with fellow members about what they do, in addition to sharing information and best practices. There is nowhere else I know of where we can connect to others who are in the 'trenches' doing the same work we do with individuals on the front line every day."
Kathy Gundlach - Manager, Colorado Office of Compliance
IAWP Member Since 2009
"IAWP has afforded me the opportunity to meet Workforce Development professionals from around the globe. I have utilized some of their best practices in my own day to day tasks, improving my service skills to the citizens of Ohio.
Being able to network and connect with individuals has proven to be an invaluable resource."
"IAWP feeds my soul both professionally and personally. The training I receive through IAWP gives me the skills I need to do my job, develops me as a person and connects me with workforce professionals from around the world."
Donna Glacken ,
Washington Employment Security Department
"If you are seeking to step up your professional and personal game, and excel in delivering exceptional service to your customers, then IAWP is a must!!"
Walton Roper III
-New York State Department of Labor