Shared Vision, Strong Systems: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework Version 1.0

Shared Vision, Strong Systems: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework Version 1.0

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), 2014

Toolkit Purpose 

The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways (the Alliance/AQCP) developed this framework to help State and local partnerships strengthen their existing Career Pathways systems or build new ones. This toolkit was developed to be used in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success – in the words of the authors, “the Six Key Elements help partners build systems, and the AQCP framework helps partners check the quality of what has been built.”

The Joyce Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way
Intended Audience 
Career pathways initiative stakeholders
Career Pathways Target Population 
This work is meant to support a variety of Career Pathways programs, including those for youths, adults, veterans, low-skilled adults, technical education students, disconnected youth, and people seeking apprenticeships.
Based On 
The experiences of ten exemplary states participating in the Alliance: Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The framework has three main parts:

  • Definitions and a conceptual model that describes the elements of a successful Career Pathways system;
  • Criteria and indicators for quality Career Pathways systems, including:
    • Commit to a Shared Vision and Strategy
    • Engage Employers and Integrate Sector Strategy Principles
    • Collaborate to Make Resources Available
    • Implement Supportive State Policies
    • Use Data and Shared Measures; and
  • Career pathways participant metrics for Interim Outcomes (“momentum points”), Education and Training Outcomes, and Labor Market Outcomes, which support mutual accountability and continuous improvement among initiative stakeholders.
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