Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements For Success

Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements For Success

Social Policy Research Associates, 2011; revised by Manhattan Strategy Group, 2015

Toolkit Purpose 

The Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success was developed as part of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration's Career Pathways Initiative to help guide State and local leaders in building and sustaining career pathway systems. The 2015 update provides information about the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Publisher 
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
Intended Audience 
State workforce agencies, adult basic education agencies, and vocational rehabilitation agencies
Career Pathways Target Population 
Adults who face barriers to employment
Based On 
This guide is based on the Six Key Elements of Career Pathways framework developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration in conjunction with a design team comprised of representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Jobs for the Future, and Social Policy Research Associates. The 2015 update received input from state workforce administrators, adult basic education directors, workforce development board members, postsecondary education representatives, technical assistance providers, and other invested organizations.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The toolkit is designed around the Six Key Elements Framework:
1. Build cross-agency partnerships and clarify roles;
2. Identify sector or industry and engage employers;
3. Design education and training programs;
4. Identify funding needs and sources;
5. Align policies and programs; and
6. Measure system change and performance.
Each component is explained in the first section and then cross-walked with tools and resources (e.g., reports, webinar recordings) available in the second section to help leadership teams build and sustain Career Pathways systems. The third section provides a glossary and bibliography.

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