Expanding Business Engagement (EBE)—Technical Assistance Initiative

Expanding Business Engagement (EBE)—Technical Assistance Initiative

Social Policy Research Associates, 2013

Toolkit Purpose 

This toolkit was developed to improve how the workforce system engages the business community and delivers services to meet business needs. The goal of this toolkit is to help State workforce development teams plan peer learning events aimed at facilitating collaboration between the State workforce system and area employers. 

U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration
Intended Audience 
State workforce development teams and other stakeholders, including firms and business leaders
Career Pathways Target Population 
Adult workers
Based On 
The experience of State teams participating in Expanding Business Engagement, a technical assistance initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration in 2012 to support strategic planning and implementation of revitalized or enhanced business engagement activities within states.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The toolkit is organized under two main sections. The Facilitators Guide includes seven planning and facilitation tools intended to help State teams clarify goals, develop plans, and accelerate progress in building relationships with employers, along with instructions on using the tools and examples of how they have been used previously.  The Companion Guide and Framework approaches building collaboration through a four step process cycle: understand, engage, deliver, and measure. Each step contains a set of key questions, which are intended to accelerate the progress of the State teams. 

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