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Consultants and Facilitators
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The California Workforce Association will initiate contact between you and the consultants or facilitators in order to tailor a service to your organization’s specific needs. Contact Program Director Matt Hidalgo at mhidalgo@calworkforce.org
Consulting Topics
  • Accessibility of the AJCC with regard to individuals with disabilities
  • AJCC Customer Trainings
  • Alignment of Workforce Investment, Education, & Economic Development
  • Apprenticeship
  • Assessment
  • Asset-mapping
  • Board Development
  • Business Services and Employer Engagement
  • Career Pathway Development
  • Career Planning
  • Case Management
  • Change Management for Supervisors in Multi-Agency Environment
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
  • Coordinating Service Delivery for Target Populations
  • Cost Allocation
  • Cost Sharing Negotiation
  • Customer Career Assessment and Planning
  • Customer Process Flow Development
  • Customer Service Orientation
  • Customer Skills Assessment Strategies
  • Data Analytics and Reporting
  • Disability Awareness and Sensitivity
  • Eligibility
  • Facilitation
  • Fiscal and Financial
  • Grant Writing, RFP 101
  • Human-Center Design
  • Integrated Service Delivery
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Live Your Brand
  • Local Strategic Planning (Alignment with State Standards)
  • Marketing
  • Measuring and Tracking Performance Goals
  • Motivating Staff and Building Capacity
  • MOU Partnership Development
  • One-Stop Certification
  • Partnership Development
  • Performance – Development of Contractual Performance Goals
  • Performance – Indicators and Reporting – Meeting Performance
  • Performance – Understanding of Contractual Performance Goals
  • Performance & Capacity Building
  • Procurement
  • Quality Career Development Coaching
  • Regional Strategic Planning
  • Sector Strategy Development
  • System Monitoring and Compliance
  • Time Management and Project Management
  • Understanding Labor Market Information
  • WIOA 101
  • WIOA 102
  • WIOA Budget and Principles Allocation
  • Work Experience
  • Youth Services

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American Institutes for Research

Using Professional Development for Business Services and Employer Engagement: AIR works closely with businesses to develop these products in a way that ensures they are comprehensive; that they are seen as valid by stakeholders; and that they can be used by the diverse departments in an organization that are responsible for building, implementing, and evaluating these human capital systems. AIR will analyze an organization’s skill levels in working with the business community and individual employers and will develop technical assistance for the public workforce system derived from rigorous methods employed by our I/O psychologists to work better with businesses, understand their talent needs, analyze skills, develop career pathways, and help inform career pathways and industry sector engagement.

Career TEAM, LLC (CTL)

Accessibility of the AJCC with regard to individuals with disabilities:

o Refresh knowledge of ADA compliance thresholds
o Identify areas of intersection for ADA compliance in policies, procedures & physical layout
o Learn how to use technology enhancements to increase customer access
o Strengthen cultural sensitivity skills

Board Development:

o Clarify board roles and responsibilities
o Develop a baseline knowledge of WIOA relevant for board leaders
o Build core messages for leaders to strengthen your brand visibility
o Specific technical topics as warranted (e.g., self-assessment, sustainability, conflict resolution)

Business Services and Employer Engagement:

o Learn how to engage employers via the Employer Engagement Academy (in-person or online) + offer tools to support employers, to reduce hiring costs, and improve retention and productivity outcomes
o Create a sales-oriented culture
o Learn how to build effective sector-based initiatives and employer pipelines

Career Pathway Development:

o Understand the basics of career pathway development
o Identify how to customize general career pathway materials to your service region and available resources
o Identify how to optimize career options by focusing on career competencies

Case Management:

o Learn the basics of client-centered model
o Learn the basics competencies relevant to providing exceptional customer service
o Learn how to build a performance-based culture based on customer engagement and measureable objectives
o Learn other specific skills (e.g., conflict resolution, dealing with difficult customers, motivational interviewing)

Customer Process Flow Development:

o Learn how to diagram your entire delivery system – beginning with strategic communications and marketing (jobseekers and employers)
o Custom training for specific functions (e.g., outreach, welcome centers, case management/career services, online learning centers, business services, partnership liaisons)

Data Analytics and Reporting:

o Refresh the definitions, sources and uses of data relevant to your performance systems and compliance requirements
o Custom training based on indicators in functional areas (e.g., enrollment, case management/career services, business services) by populations or funding sources
o Identify opportunities to create data dashboards and/or info-graphics to communicate results

Integrated Service Delivery:

o Learn how to “detail” customer delivery systems (within AJCs and parallel or similar systems that may serve your customers)
o Identify areas to optimize the customer work flow process (e.g., common intake forms, automation) and maximize resources (e.g., use of workshops, resource rooms, affiliate sites and partners)
o Custom content based on specific populations (e.g., WIOA, TANF, DW, Youth)
o Learn about the benefits and limitation of co-enrollment (e.g., WIOA and TANF)

Measuring and Tracking Performance Goals:

o Improve your knowledge about performance-based management philosophies and approaches
o Learn best practices, tools and techniques to establish measurable dimensions for every role/responsibility
o Identify critical data collection points that exist in the delivery system and can inform performance
o Learn how to set reasonable (and reach) goals and manage conversations about employee performance

Performance – Development & Understanding of Contractual Performance Goals

o Refresh your knowledge of industry standards for performance measures (specific by funding source / populations)
o Identify and/or de-construct the measurable elements / activities that produce a desired outcome
o Refresh your negotiating skills; getting to yes

Performance – Indicators and Reporting – Meeting Performance

o Learn how to create effective feedback systems that promote self-assessment relevant to progress and performance
o Learn skills and techniques to discuss productively how to address underperformance (e.g., factors such as start-up; staffing; staff training; equipment; communication processes)

Work Experience

o Review the options for work experience such as internships (paid and unpaid), community service, and apprenticeships
o Identify relevant work experience options by priority service populations (or funding sources for compliance)
o Identify synergies across the service delivery system (e.g., apply to adult and youth; apply to multiple industry sectors or career pathways)
o Learn how to develop a comprehensive employer engagement strategy across all relevant work experience options and priority populations
o Custom training for specific industry or sector-based pipeline development; see also Employer Engagement Academy for skills to engage employers

Youth Services

o Learn about the WIOA MOU partners for youth
o Learn the fundamental differences and similarities for the in- and out-of-school populations
o Learn about best practices and strategies to engage the youth population (e.g., engaging millennials; engaging Gen Z)
o Learn how to increase your social marketing appeal
o *Technology enhancements and content available through Career EDGE (youth professional development / soft skills)
o *Customized youth trainings available (e.g., build your brand, create a resume, mock job application, virtual reality interviews)

Cause Impacts

Program Evaluation and Impact Assessment: We provide a structured program evaluation and final report that can be used to broadcast the impact of the program to funders, board member, clients, and the community. This is essential for grant-writing and development activities.

Strategic Planning/Regional Strategic Planning: Every organization needs a strategic plan. We provide process-oriented and people-centric strategic planning processes and plan development

Civic Solutions Initiatives - Works, LLC (CSI - Works)

AJCC Management Capacity Training: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Budget Development and Financial Management: Staff will be introduced to WIOA budgets and how they may be developed for the four primary programs – Adult – Dislocated Workers – Youth – Rapid Response / Business Services.

Building Career Pathways: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Business Engagement: Strategic: The overarching goal of California Workforce Development Board is the reorientation and replacement of California’s workforce programs to support a dynamic and globally successful state economy.
Programmatic: This approach focuses on learning how to listen to employers and tailor services to meet their needs. WDBs are now providing targeted job fairs and recruitments, developing and/or finding training options to meet the demands of employers with skilled job seekers. Working on helping business and employers helps job seekers and creates a “Win-Win” situation. This training is designed to help local and regional boards gain a greater understanding of how and why it should be a primary goal to engage local and regional businesses.

Career Planning 101: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Case Management: Key to High Performance and High-Quality Customer Service: AJCC Staff will hear how to engage and retain both job seekers and employers. The proactive support allows staff to get a realistic snapshot of each client, develop a strategy to overcome barriers, and objectively document each interaction. As we learn about the history of each client, we make data driven recomendations on what services are appropriate. Done correctly, the Career Coach (Case Manager) maintains compliance and creates a file system that is always ready to be audited. This system supports high quality Follow-Up and maximizes program performance.

Developing Cross Functional Teams Across Partners: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Entrepreneur Training: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Facilitation of Procurement Process: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Incorporating Educational Partners: This training will review how to create positive relationships with School Districts, Community Colleges, Colleges and Universities, and high-quality Training Providers. Csi-Works will present methods to build mutually beneficial collaboratives that work together so your region can secure additional resources. We will review aligning training needs with local training programs and create pathways that support career ladders in demand occupations. This training will provide staff insights on how working with Educational Partners is a value-added proposition and everyone wins.

Job Readiness Techniques: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Labor Market Information – Foundation Level: LMI training is geared for AJCC, WDB staff, and Board Members to give them a basic foundation and an understanding of traditional, real-time, and wage related data. Staff will be able to identify growth sectors and verify employer demand within their region. This data driven decision making will ensure WDB programs and trainings offered are employer and job driven and lead to promising career pathways for program participants.

Maximizing Youth Performance: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Monitoring of local sub-contractors: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Monitoring/Audit Prep: Now more than ever the State and DOL requires detailed records for performance accountability. This training will assist WDB staff and AJCC management staff on steps necessary to ensure monitoring and audit preparedness at all times.

Performance Indicators, Measuring, Tracking, and Reporting: The purpose of this training is to assist local areas in establishing performance accountability measures that can apply across their core programs – Youth, Adult, and Business Services. Attendees will hear how to document program performance, and come to understand the potential sanctions for under performing at the WDB level.

Performance Management: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Preparation for WIOA (DOL, State) Audits: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Running Effective Board Meetings: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Sector Strategies and Framework: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Soft Skills Training for Clients: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Strategies for Working with Ex-Offenders: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Strategies for Working with Veterans: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

WIOA 101 – An Introduction: WIOA 101 is an overview of workforce development and addresses the fundamentals of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In addition to learning about the history and policy initiatives that shape today’s workforce system, participants will gain an understanding of the key principles of WIOA, system roles and responsibilities, the One-Stop environment, service delivery strategy, customer eligibility and performance accountability.

Working with Economic Development: CSi-Works custom creates each training curriculum through a collaborative effort with every client to consider specific factors in each location. That being said, we do include best practices components that have been field tested at multiple WDB’s around California and the U.S. and that are in compliance and supportive of current WIOA and EDD legislative guidelines. With each client, we assess what their goals are, and what outcomes they want to achieve.

Youth Program Redesign: Course Description not provided. Please contact Matt Hidalgo at mhidalgo@calworkforce.org to be put in contact with trainer to discuss course details.

ClearBest

Communications and Community Engagement Plan Services:

•Confirm communication and community engagement goals and objectives with client organization.
•Conduct two-week community and stakeholder assessment to determine how communications are conducted and the community is currently engaged, identifying where improvements can be made, which areas need the most attention, and which social media methods can be most effective.

Custom Independent Verification and ValidationServices (IV&V) Services: ClearBest’s IV&V services provide the organization with a truly independent perspective and review of project deliverables based on industry standards (i.e., IEEE and PMI standards). Our team goes beyond completing reviews of project artifacts and including findings deep within an aged report. We focus on identifying problems and defects before they become costly. We then develop recommendations for resolution and improvement. In providing IV&V services, we are objective, critical, and timely in our assessments. Our IV&V services are customized based on project size, complexity, and risk level and to fit within the budget and needs of the organization.

Custom IPO Services: ClearBest’s IPO services provide the organization with a truly independent perspective and review of project management processes based on State and industry standards.We focus on identifying foundational project management documents, plans, processes, and reporting that needs to be in place; adherence to established processes; issues and risks with project performance; and areas for improvement. We identify these items early in the project before they become costly and then develop recommendations for resolution and improvement. In providing IPO services, we are objective, critical, and timely in our assessments. Our IPO services are customized based on project size, complexity, and risk level and to fit within the budget and needs of the organization.

Custom PM Services: Management of Project Staff, Activities, and/or Vendors – This service includes hands-on project management over project staff, activities, or other contracted vendors. Our project managers will create and maintain a project workplan;coordinate staff and resources for completing activities and tasks; manage project execution towards anon time and under budgetdelivery; manage risks/issues; manage quality; and communicate across the entirel organization and with stakeholders, as appropriate. These services must be customized based on the size and scope of the project; complexity of the organization; availability of organization and/or vendor staff; subject matter; and timeframes.

Custom Quality Assurance Services: We believe that quality is best achieved by building it into the project from the beginning. We work as part of your project team to develop a systemic quality management program that guides your entire project organization. We focus on identifying errors early in the process, minimizing or eliminating re-work, staying within budget and schedule, and most importantly, achieving your original vision for the project. We assist our clients by identifying the quality goals for their organization and then creating processes, checklists, and feedback loops to support ongoing quality management and continual quality improvement.

Custom Strategic Planning and Assessment Services: 

ClearBest provides custom services in the category of Strategic Planning and Assessment. These include, but are not limited to:
– Feasibility Studies and Assessments
– Business, System, and Project Requirements Definition
– Procurement Planning and Support
– Budget / Funding Strategy and Support
– Organizational Change Management

End-of-Project Assessment/ PIER Development Services: 

•Confirm end-of-project assessment goalswith client organization.
•Create and confirm end-of-project assessment report structure with client organization and approval organizations.
•Gather project information (e.g., organization and project history, milestones, schedule, budget, deliverable names and locations, resources, etc.) to support creation of report.

Policy Assessment Services:

•Confirm policy assessment goalswith client organization.•Assign appropriate policy staff to assess issue.
•Conduct one-on-one and group interviews with organization’s policy experts.
•Conduct internal and external research to understand policy changes, timelines, impacts, and related policies.

Process Analysis and Innovation Services: 

•Confirm process analysis and innovation goalswith client organization.
•Conduct group sessions with process analysis participants to understand current process and identify areas for improvement.
•Create requirements for process improvements or innovation.

Project Assessment Services:

•Confirm project assessment goalswith client organization.
•Assign appropriate staff to diagnose and investigate project issue.
•Conduct one-on-one and group interviews with organization’s project team members.

Project Management (PM) Methodology Creation and Training:

• Confirm PM goals and objectives with client organization.
• Conduct two-week assessment to determine how PM is conducted, where improvements can be made, and which areas need the most attention. This includes:
• Attending project and executive meetings.
• Reviewing PM processes, tools, documents, and reports.

Project Management Coaching Services: 

• Confirm PM goals and objectives with client organization.
• Conduct two-week assessment to determine strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement.
• Attend project and executive meetings.
• Review PM processes, tools, documents, and reports

Project Management Offices (PMO) Support:

• Confirm PMO goals and objectives with client organization.
• Provide PMO staff to support specific organization needs in one or more of the following areas: Communications, Risk/Issue, Schedule, Quality, Resource, Procurement/Contract, Scope, Budget/Funding, and Stakeholder Management.

Project Vision Creation: Having a clear project vision is vital to the ultimate success of a project.It provides clarity and direction for the team members and a guidepost when evaluating scope or making critical decisions. This service includes helping the project leadership team to create a project vision that encompasses the true needs of the organization and project and clearly sets forth and communicates the direction to oversight organizations, the project leadership, stakeholders, and project team members. Over a two-week period, ClearBest team members conduct interviews and group workshops to elicit the project vision, gain consensus approval, and formally document it so it can be shared.

Strategic Planning Services: ClearBest helps organizations through the strategic planning process. Over a six-month period and working closely with the client organization, we facilitate the planning process. This includes conducting interviews with organizational leadership; conducting group sessions with planning participants to define and review objectives, needs, gaps, strategies, costs, and roadmaps; and creating the final strategic plan. This service is scopedfor a medium-sized organization and can be customized based on organization size, needs, and planning complexity.

Technical Assessment Services: 

•Confirm technical assessment goals with client organization.
•Assign appropriate technical staff todiagnose and investigate technical issue.
•Conduct one-on-one and group interviews with organization’s technical team.
•Conduct internal and external research to isolate problem/root causes and potential solutions.

Collaborative Economics Inc

Hands-on Coaching in the Launch of a Next Gen Sector Partnership: A mix of capacity-building training and direct technical assistance in preparing for and executing the launch of a next gen sector partnership.

Hands-on Coaching on Aligning Workforce, Education, and Economic Development: Specific guidance on shifting roles and levels of collaboration required of public partners to support industry sector partnerships.

Craft Consulting Group

Alignment of Workforce Investment, Education, & Economic Development: This is a research-based and/or strategic planning activity with the goal of aligning the services of these three providers so that – to the extent possible – their activities and objectives complement each other and improve their chances of success. CCG has extensive experience with providing both economic and labor market analysis and strategic planning for workforce and economic development organizations and educational institutions. We can coach clients through the process, or we can conduct the process.

Business Services and Employer Engagement: Our specialization in this area can be divided into the following activities:
o engaging productively with industry employers through strategies that include designing and conducting industry roundtables;
o engaging productively with industry employers by conducting workforce needs assessments to understand industry’s needs and skill gaps at a deeper level;
o engaging productively with industry employers by launching and incubating “next generation” industry sector partnerships (ISPs); and
o engaging productively with industry employers using early warning strategies designed to avoid or minimize the effects of worker layoffs.

Career Pathway Development: There are several ways we can help with Career Pathway Development:
o For existing career pathways, we can research, map and validate local or regional career pathways by industry and occupation, and by what programs of study and credentials best fit those pathways; we can develop infographics for each pathway that describe and inform the pathway with an upward mobility vision;
o For new or emerging career pathways, we can research and identify high growth industry sectors, in-demand occupations and skillsets, and the career pathways with the best employment and supply-demand indicators.
o A member of our team (Jim Cassio) has developed a promising new online career information system called the Career Pathways Network for which regional Portals can be created to meet the needs of regional sponsors; this allows us to present local or regional career pathways in a state of the art online career exploration tool.

Data Analytics and Reporting:

The services we can offer here would include the following:
o economic and labor market analysis, including survey and focus group research, best practice identification, and development of actionable recommendations based on local and regional capacity and resource availability; and
o client/participant follow-up research to determine what occupations they are working in, and their employment status (e.g. part-time, on-call, gig work, underemployed, etc.), and their earnings.

Grant Writing, RFP 101: We have extensive experience in developing successful funding proposals and offer our services to develop proposals as independently or collaboratively as the client would prefer. Or we can coach designated staff through the process of developing a competitive proposal.

Local Strategic Planning (Alignment with State Standards): CCG has significant experience in developing strategies and action plans for its clients, including workforce development boards and regional consortiums. Regardless of the type of organization (or collaboration), the purpose of strategic planning is to set overall goals for the organization(s) and to develop a plan of measurable objectives and selected strategies to achieve them.

Regional Strategic Planning: Strategic plans for WIOA are highly prescriptive processes, with great emphasis on pulling and filtering data from a variety of sources and making all the parts fit together as one whole. But if you expect people to read beyond the Executive Summary, a plan needs to be clear, concise, compelling, well-organized and well-written. Not a compendium. The CCG team can take a lead role, or a supplemental role, or a coaching role in helping develop a strategic plan.

Sector Strategy Development: A 21st Century Industry Sector Partnership (ISP) is a collaboration involving “Industry Partners” and “Community Support Partners” (i.e. workforce development, education, economic development, etc.) that partner for the purpose of addressing the workforce and other competitiveness needs of that industry. ISPs are typically industry driven, regional, and not limited to workforce training issues. We have the knowledge and experience to help plan, launch and incubate ISP initiatives.

Understanding Labor Market Information: We offer an interactive, dynamic workshop for One-Stop staff on Key LMI Terms & Resources. We also offer a workshop on using the Career Pathways Network – a new online career information system designed to help people explore their possible career pathways.

David Shinder Consulting

Grant Writing and Resource Development: Over 30+ years, the Consultant has honed his skills as a grant writing professional, having authored dozens and dozens of winning proposals. With a unique talent for persuasive writing, the Consultant is adept at communicating projects’ features and benefits to potential funders.

Local and Regional Workforce Plans: Over the last 25 years, the Consultant has written many plans on behalf of local boards and is currently working with boards and regions to develop strategies that comply with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements.

Organizational Review: The Consultant has completed dozens of organizational reviews for clients of all types to help them achieve their goals of improving performance and process efficiencies.

Performance and Quality Improvement: Public investments in workforce programs demand that they deliver quality services and strong performance results. The Consultant has developed protocols, procedures and training to support compliance and quality improvement.

Policies and Procedures: Taking advantage of his skills in both research and writing, the Consultant works closely with many clients in developing policies and procedures that achieve compliance, performance and mission-related goals.

Special Projects and Initiatives: With more and more workforce agencies seeking to not just comply but to innovate, the Consultant assists boards, managers and staff to devise plans for projects ranging from sector strategies for key industries to career pathway programs for youth.

Strategic Planning and Group Facilitation: Whether the focus is on Boards’ development of strategic objectives, business leaders’ identification of industry skill gaps or workforce stakeholders’ convening to address collaboration in service delivery, the Consultant’s attention to detail and ability to facilitate customer-focused, out-of-the box thinking result in effective solutions for his clients.

Technical Assistance: As clients work to implement and manage programs that achieve strong performance, questions frequently arise as to approaches, strategies, and practices that lead to effective administration and operations. Leveraging years of experience in supporting myriad workforce programs, the Consultant devotes much of his time to providing technical assistance.

Dream it Together

Branding Services: 

a. Dream IT Together will collaborate with clients to take the vision, mission, and work of their organization and craft a comprehensive, detailed branding package. Branding elements would include: target audience analysis, color and logo design, design of the brand’s “voice” or presentation both graphically and textually, positioning statements, branded templates and the development of brand values.
b. In the development of a branding package, it is preferred that the client designate one person to manage on the client’s side and serve as the decision maker for the project, to simplify and streamline the process.

Custom Photography for Websites and Digital Asset Management: 

a. As part of a web design package, Dream IT Together can provide professional photography for an organization’s website, as well as digital asset management services to build a digital library that provides key stakeholders with controlled access to images, photos, creative files, presentation, video, audio, documents, and more.
b. Class sizes are not applicable, though it is preferred that the client designate one person to manage on the client’s side and serve as the decision maker for the project, to simplify and streamline the process.

Marketing Services: 

a. Dream IT Together will develop a comprehensive marketing plan in association with the client to meet the client’s marketing needs. Elements include: market research, target market analysis and positioning in the marketplace, budget assessment, and finally a market strategy that encompasses all applicable types of marketing (i.e. events, direct mail, email, social media, content, webinars, partnerships, mass media, et al) with metrics designed to measure the success of the designed campaign.
b. In the development of a marketing plan, it is preferred that the client designate one person to manage on the client’s side and serve as the decision maker for the project, to simplify and streamline the process.

SEO/Social Media Content Development Services:

a. Search Engine Optimization and the development of compelling social media content are essential to the success of any organization’s presence on the internet. This is why we provide services that allow for the integration of strong SEO language into the websites we design, as well as the development of social media content that works optimally with the social media strategies developed for our clients.
b. Class sizes are not applicable, though it is preferred that the client designate one person to manage on the client’s side and serve as the decision maker for the project, in order to simplify and streamline the process.

Social Media Campaign Services:

a. Dream IT Together will work with clients to develop a comprehensive social media campaign, designed to take advantage of multiple social media outlets, depending on the best social media fit for that business’ needs, complete with minimal samples of content. Further content development is covered in the SEO/Social Media Content Development Services section below.
b. Class sizes are not applicable, though it is preferred that the client designate one person to manage on the client’s side and serve as the decision maker for the project, to simplify and streamline the process.

Web Design Services: 

a. Dream IT Together will take a website from initial concept to full design, creating either simple or complex websites, depending on client need. The resulting site will be unique to the client, and designed to do anything the client needs, from maps, sign-up forms, and calendars to robust e-commerce. To ensure that the client feels empowered through the design process, we developed an industry-first Client Portal that combines all the information you need to manage your site. The timeline for a full website design, from concept to final deliverable, typically runs four months, though accommodations can be made for tighter schedules, but require commitment on accelerated content delivery and work product review timelines.

Grant Associates

Board Engagement Training: We will work with board and staff leadership to assess current levels of board engagement, provide “tips and tools” to establish more dynamic board meetings and more engaged members and help design robust plans for board members to truly engage within the system in their volunteer capacity, such as fundraising, attending community meetings, as well as using their expertise and networks to interact within community partners.

Data Systems Analysis, Customization, Implementation and Customer Relationship Management Staff Training:                           • Training for Initial Users.
o Our Developer will provide two (2) training sessions to all initial users with active accounts prior to the user acceptance testing. Training materials will be provided for use by additional users as new accounts are added.

• Train-the-Trainer.
o The Developer will provide an additional three (3), two (2) hour in-depth training sessions for designated staff that will become trainers of other users and/or super users of the database.

This training will include, but not be limited to, training on:
-Running, Creating, and Customizing Reports
-Creating and Customizing Dashboards
-Acting as a Delegated Administrator – this allows the super user to make simple, real-time adjustments to the database as needed by the organizations utilizing the system.

Strategic Business Development Services Program: Grant Associates will help clients translate regional labor market information into tangible development targets, identify key stakeholders and build out the key performance indicators to enable your teams to effectively manage the process. Additionally, we offer our own internal business services sales training program to members of your business services team. We will leverage our experience empowering businesses to utilize the public workforce system to help the client map out business engagement plans for their region and build the sales skills of their business team.

Strategies on Sector-focused Workforce Development: Grant Associates will leverage our extensive experience in operating multiple sectoral workforce initiatives, including the nation’s largest sector-focused center in New York City, the Workforce1 Industrial and Transportation Career Center (ITC), to help CWA members develop a sector strategy, build the acumen of staff in administering a sectoral initiative, and provide management tools for board staff and service provider management to ensure ongoing success.

Human Solutions

Consulting services include:
• Curriculum design, development and refresh (new or existing)
• Implementation of WIOA Section 188 requirements
• Programmatic accessibility review and recommendations
• Program design, implementation, and evaluation services

Hunter Human Capital

Consulting Services:

1.Document Review–Review proposals, workplans and work product completed prior to our engagement to allow us to assess any gaps and develop astrategy, set of tools and workplan for goal attainment.

2.Planning Meeting with Clients and Other Parties–A meeting to discuss proposed meetings, workplans and deliverable to insure alignment. We will also develop measurements and ideal state understanding.

3.Work Product Development –We will build upon previously developed and successful tools and methodologies to develop tailored agendas, tools, materials, workbooks, handouts, surveys and measurement tools, as needed.

4.Pre-Session Agenda and Tool Review–Prior to the live session or sessionswe request a review of agendas, tools and an agreement on desired outcomes and measureswith stake holders to insure meeting structure and tools will meet desired outcomes and goal attainment.

5.Session Facilitation–Hunter Human Capital staff will provide day of facilitation using our trained facilitators.

6.Session Debrief–A discussion with clientand key stakeholdersto gather feedbackabout the Session outcomes and discussion of next steps.

7.Measurements–Satisfaction Surveys will be used to rate the overall group satisfaction with the facilitator, facilitation methods used, materials provided and session outcomes.

Other Consulting Services:

Project Support–Our team can act as lead project manager or project support.

Strategic Plan Draft Development–Once we have conducted a facilitated session for strategic planning, goal development and / or resource assignment our team can develop an initial draft of a strategic plan, timeline and budget estimate for project work

Interim and Final Funding Reports–We have significant experience in cataloging deliverables and outcomes and creating interim and final reports for grant funders.

White Paper Development–We have extensive experience in drafting white papers and business impact reports for publication to potential funders and stakeholders that can be used to share impact.

ICF

Asset Mapping:

ICF will create a geo-spatial asset map that details the public and private training and social and human services infrastructure available to support the client. This map will identify the full range of workforce development, training, employment and social services resources available to targeted communities and provide recommendations and approaches for partnership development. The client will receive hard-copy and electronic versions of the asset map. The map will be accompanied by recommendations for improving coordination between workforce development and social/human services providers…

Budget Analysis:

ICF uses a “quality assurance audit model” for conducting budget analysis of clients’ based on established by the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA). ICF staff are trained in budget and financial program operations. Using trained staff, ICF conducts budget analysis seeking to provide a statistically reliable method of ensuring budgets are aligned appropriately.

Economic Analysis:

ICF will use the IMPLAN model to assess the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts. The IMPLAN model, created and maintained by the Minnesota IMPLAN Group, is an economic impact modeling system that can be used to measure the macroeconomic impacts of changes to a local economy. IMPLAN is widely used and recognized in the field of economic impact analysis…

Evaluation and Data Analysis:

ICF’s approach to evaluation design is not simply to ask whether an initiative works, but to ask how it works, why it works, and in what situations it works. Our purpose is to ensure not only that research is valid and reliable but that it also yields useful and practical findings for policymakers and practitioners, to enhance their capacity to achieve outcomes…

Facilitation and Program Integration:

The success of any group facilitation depends on the facilitator’s ability to bring adult learning principles to life. Some characteristics of an effective facilitator are “hard” or readily observable: energy, enthusiasm, and mastery of applicable rules and policies. However, most of the characteristics necessary to create a culture of learning are “soft” or intangible: an ability to bring about trust, both among participants and between the instructor and participants; the ability to perceive and describe underlying issues; and an astute intuition about interpersonal motivations, obstacles, and opportunities…

Labor Market and Industry Analysis:

ICF will begin with a foundational literature review, the primary goal of this literature review will be to understand and capture changes in the specific industry and define current and future employment trends and skill demands. In addition, we will research and catalogue training programs available for assessment of their viability and applicability to meet the training needs identified in this task…

Strategic Planning:

ICF recently completed and is currently working on a number of workforce development strategic plans. ICF starts the process with a viability assessment to identify cross-cutting themes and specific action steps. ICF will undertake a comprehensive review of the status of workforce development partnerships including employer relationships, workforce development activities and resources, and additional social and human services support needs for targeted populations…

Work Based Learning and Occupational Training:

ICF will work with the client to establish strategies to expand work-based learning and earn/learn strategies such as apprenticeships, internships, and transitional jobs. In the development phase, this will include developing the structure of the learning, identifying employers to participate in efforts, developing quality assurance metrics, and developing recruitment materials for participants…

Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Alignment:

To determine the scope of the effort, ICF will conduct a meeting with the leadership of the organization to identify the target issues. The meeting will be facilitated by ICF team members and focus on clarifying objectives and soliciting input from participants. Prior to the meeting, the team will review the local WIOA plan, internal policies and procedures, and any other documents that pertain to the issue. During the meeting, we will identify and document any additional issues that may impact the manner in which a problem is solved. ICF will propose a process and specific deliverables for addressing the issue. No work will commence until the client is completely comfortable with the strategy…

Impact Capital, LLC

Impact Capital – Facilitation & Strategic Planning:

Preparation:
• Conduct client interview
• Define goals and objectives
• Identify participants and their expectations…

Impact Capital – Operational Advancement:

1. Organizational assessment and development planning, including initial assessment and recommendations, resulting in a written Assessment Report and an Organizational Development Plan to address issues described in the Report.
2. Customizing planning process, identification and/or clarification of all critical issues and specific strategies to address each issue, resulting in a written relevant, realistic, and flexible strategic or action plan….

Relational Capital – Stakeholder Development:

• Improve communication channels within the department for productive
cooperation/teamwork and to build trust and respect.
• Identify core values and establish interaction ground rules…

Mark Graham Brown Consulting

Determine the needs and priorities of your stakeholders and customers: One of the bigger challenges of work force organizations is that they have many stakeholders and customers who often have conflicting needs and requirements. Consulting on this topic involves first making sure that all important stakeholder and customers have been identified and profiled, and then we proceed to identifying their unique requirements…

Evaluate and improve key business processes: Following a program evaluation, I often consult with organizations on assessing their direct and support processes to ensure maximum efficiency and value. Generally, there are two types of work processes: 1. Those that have one right way of doing them with little room for not following procedures (i.e., landing a jet aircraft), and 2. Processes that can be done a variety of ways and require tailoring to the situation (i.e., building a relationship with a stakeholder of customer)…

Evaluate programs and processes to assess effectiveness: Having a good plan and ongoing performance metrics/KPIs is critical for managing organizational success. However, it is also necessary for public organizations to periodically evaluate the effectiveness of their programs and process to assess their real impact on their customers and stakeholder. I have helped a number of organizations develop program evaluation models that include developing instruments, training evaluators, conducting the evaluation, and reporting results…

Evaluate the “health” of your organization and prepare a get-well plan: Many of my consulting clients over the years have conducted these health assessments and developed improvement plans. In fact, for over 5 years, I worked with the City of Los Angeles WorkSource centers to help them do these assessments and create improvement plans…

How to become a high-performance organization: Following the principles of the Baldrige Award criteria, consulting on this topic usually involves working with leaders to identify a few key projects or initiatives each year that will eventually lead the organization to excellence in all areas. Excellence according to the Baldrige model is happy engaged employees, happy and engaged customers, and excellent operational results and impact. To achieve these kinds of results, an organization needs to change many of its approaches, policies, and processes.

How to deploy your strategic plan throughout all levels and functions: It’s surprisingly common for organizations to write excellent strategic plans and fail to execute them. Simply publishing a plan and distributing it to everyone is only a small part of the effort needed to achieve the goals and objectives outlined in the plan. I have worked with many large and small organizations over the years to help them integrate existing processes, people, and products into the strategic plan. This effort often begins by finding the areas where the goals and objectives are not integrated with other organizational systems…

How to detect flawed metrics and data: This consulting service is for organizations that have a fairly robust set of performance metrics that have been used and improved over the years. By teaching the participants critical thinking skills, we work together to identify flaws or unintended side effects in the metrics. We also evaluate the integrity of the data on these metrics to make sure the numbers can be trusted…

How to identify and eliminate non- value-added processes and projects: One way to improve organizational performance is to improve existing process to make them more efficient. Another approach is to do some pruning and eliminate projects that add no value, or to change or minimize resources for others…

How to identify the best metrics/Key Performance Indicators to measure progress and success: Being able to measure the impact of the programs and work done by work source center organizations is a big challenge. Traditional metrics like number of customers, number of jobs filled or people hired may not be the best measures of impact. For over 30 years I have helped organizations create meaningful key performance indicators that provide leaders with a truthful picture of how their organizations are performing. This leads to earlier warnings of problems, better decision making, and greater transparency in the organization. As part of my consulting service on this topic, I introduce innovative best practice metrics used by leading organizations that may from a completely different industry…

How to report and analyze performance data: As a follow-on to consulting on developing good performance metrics or “Key Performance Indicators” (KPIs), managers often need help in determining how to report and analyze data on these KPIs. The process often begins by teaching the organization how to evaluate their existing performance reports and meetings to assess their effectiveness. They then learn some of the best practices of leading organizations on how best to use performance data to keep everyone focused on key goals and objectives…

How to set clear vision and mission statements and associated goals and objectives: One of the foundations of an effective organization is that they have a clear purpose of mission, a future vision, and measurable goals and objectives that are linked to the mission and vision. I find that most public organizations today have some version of a strategic plan with these components. However, many include serious flaws such as a mission and vision statement that basically say the same thing, a vision that is vague or completely unrealistic, and goals/objectives that are unclear, or not achievable given the current resources…

Link the voice of the customer to organizational processes and services: One of the bigger challenges of work force organizations is that they have many stakeholders and customers who often have conflicting needs and requirements. Consulting on this topic involves first making sure that all important stakeholder and customers have been identified and profiled, and then we proceed to identifying their unique requirements…

Set clear values and integrate these into your people and processes: All organizations have a culture whether they have engineered it or not. Values are communicated much more by actions, policies, and priorities than by posters and brass plaques in the lobby. I do a lot of consulting around helping organizations define values that characterize the type of culture they want and communicating those values to others. Generic value statements like “Integrity, trust, diversity, and perseverance” do little to communicate the real values of an organization. Yet, other organizations actually do a good job of hiring people that support their values and ensuring that the culture rewards behavior that is consistent with the values. Often the first step in a consulting engagement about culture is to get people to define the real culture and values of the organization and contrast that with the stated values or culture…

Set realistic targets and goals based on limited resources and other constraints: Along with developing accurate and impactful key performance indicators or metrics, it is important to set realistic goals and targets for those KPIs. This is often done in an arbitrary fashion or simply based on past performance. Targets help tell an organization whether it is doing a good or bad job and need to be set based on history, comparative organizations, benchmarks, and resource/system constraints. Targets must also usually be negotiated with management and stakeholders…

Training needs analysis and curriculum design: Another area in which I have done a great deal of consulting work is helping to create a training curriculum or course based on a through needs analysis. Training is expensive and often not the best solution to a performance problem. One of the big reasons to do a training needs analysis is to determine if the cause of a performance problem is actually a lack of knowledge/skill versus a variety of other factors. Some of the most common causes of employee performance problems are lack of direction, inadequate tools or resources, competing priorities, metrics that drive the wrong behavior, and an imbalance of consequences.

New Ways to Work

Career Development Continuum: Career Development is most effective when youth and young adults are provided a sequenced continuum of activities and experiences that address career and college awareness, exploration and preparation through an intentional series of classroom activities, workplace exposures, and community experiences over time. New Ways has defined the Career Development Continuum to help practitioners deliver these opportunities over time…

Career Pathways: A Career Pathways approach offers clear direction and a context for learning and skill development. Applying a career development approach in the context of an industry, focusing on skills in the classroom and workplace, and supporting youth and young adults through the completion of post-secondary degrees and credentials effectively prepares youth for careers in the future…

Employer Engagement: Schools and programs preparing young people for careers need partners to ensure relevance, provide context and support in the classroom, and to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to be exposed to the workplace…

Foster Youth Transition: Youth in foster care face daunting challenges as they seek to transition to life as adults. Effective and powerful career preparation activities are needed while they are still in care, starting at very early ages. Child Welfare needs partners in the education and workforce communities to help sharpen their focus on preparing youth for the world or work…

High School Improvement: Our schools can’t do it alone. They need partners and strategies in the classroom, community and workplace to help better prepare all youth for college and careers. The application of career pathway approaches, partnerships with employers and articulation with post-secondary education and training options are needed to improve the ability of high schools to help prepare youth for meaningful careers…

Intermediaries: Intermediaries bring local programs, initiatives, and institutions together to connect employers and workplace partners, schools and training organizations, social services and community organizations, and families and neighborhoods to serve the needs of young people as they prepare for life as adults…

Quality Work-Based Learning: Quality Work-Based Learning provides opportunities for the acquisition of academic, technical and workplace/professional skills among youth and young adults engaged in career-focused education and training programs. Regardless of industry, employers consistently underscore that new workers must have experience and mastery in all three skill areas, with a growing priority on the development of professional skills…

Youth Ecology Corps: Youth Ecology Corps leverage public works investment with local workforce and social service dollars to provide youth and young adults with meaningful work experiences and the opportunity to explore careers in ecological and conservationrelated fields…

Youth Workforce Development: The evolving youth workforce development system increasingly calls for new and innovative approaches to prepare youth and young adults for meaningful careers. Implementation of the WIOA presents new challenges in a number of key areas, including recruiting and retaining out-of-school and out-of-work youth, applying a career pathways approach to programs, providing a range of developmental workbased learning experiences and partnering with employers to create talent pipelines in key industry sectors…

Pathways Consultants

Event Management:

Conferences
Convenings
MeetUps
Meeting Facilitation
Retreats
Stakeholder convenings
Team building

General Career Development Topics:

Career Development
Case Management
Career Planning
Coaching
Job development
Life and professional coaching
Program coordination
Outreach and recruitment
Job search strategies

Human Centered Design and Implementation:

Customer-centered design
Customer relationships
Continuous improvement
Process and asset mapping
Program development
Program planning
User research

K-12 & Community College Specific:

Adult Education Block
Grant
Bilingual
Career & technical education
Career Pathways
CCPT/Early College
Credit
Cooperative Work
Disproportionality
Educational equity
Guided Pathways
Perkins Career &
Technical
Strong Workforce
Student Success and
Support
Workforce/college partnerships

Operations & Staff Development:

Coaching for innovation
Coaching strategies
Cultural Humility & inclusivity
Executive coaching
Human Resources
Human resources
Leadership development
Organizational development
Performance Management
Project management

Population Specific:

Adults
Dislocated workers
Employers
English Language
Learners
Foster youth
Homeless
Justice involved
Labor
Migrant and refugee services
Opportunity youth
Re-entry
Veterans
Youth

Research, Evaluation & Planning:

Analysis and visioning
Applied research
Creativity & transformation
Data analysis & visualization
Data Disaggregation
Evaluation Strategy
Futuring Research
Graphic facilitation
Individual Coaching
Program design
Program evaluation
Qualitative and quantitative
Research approaches
Strategic visioning
Theories of change/logic models

Sustainability:

Federal/State funding
Foundations
Fundraising strategy
Grant Writing
Replication
Scalability

Technology Implementation & Evaluation:

Business strategy
Case management system selection
Digital service delivery
Funnel development
Growth strategy
Lead generation
Marketing strategy
Monetization
Outbound selling
Product management
Product market fit
Sales strategy
Software development
User experience interface design
Virtual service delivery
Website content evaluation
Workforce development technology innovations

Workforce Service Delivery Methods:

Americorps
ETP
ETPL
Entrepreneurship
Federal and State
Apprenticeship
Programs
Hacker
Makerspaces
One Stop Job Centers
Sector Strategies
Social Enterprise
Transitional
Employment
Virtual service delivery
WIOA/WIA

Point B

Business Technology:

IT Infrastructure
IT Advisory
Business Intelligence & Analytics
Software Advisory Services
Cybersecurity
Business Collaboration

Digital & Emerging Technology:

Multi-channel & Emerging Tech Strategy
Digital Transformation
Content Management
Business Collaboration
Multi-channel Commerce

Marketing & Product Management:

Market Opportunity Assessment
Marketing & Product Strategy
Product Planning & Launch
Marketing Programs & Operations

Mergers & Acquisitions: 

Due Diligence & Negotiation
Pre-close to Day One
Close +100 Days
Stabilization & Monitoring

Operations & Process Improvement:

Lean/Continuous Improvement Transformation
Operational Optimization
Strategy Deployment
Lean IT for ERP
Supply Chain Optimization
Lean Six Sigma Training & Certification

Organizational Effectiveness:

Organizational Design
Transformational Change Management
Talent Strategies
Training Design and Delivery
Organizational Development
Executive Coaching

Project Leadership:

Technology Leadership
Program Leadership
PMO/Portfolio Management
Risk, Regulatory & Compliance
Business Advisory Services

Property Development: 

Build To-Suit Development
Real Estate Development
Owner/Tenant Representation
Design/Construction Management
Program Leadership

Strategy:

Long Range Direction Setting
Competitive Positioning
Strategy Facilitation & Development
Growth Enablement & Innovation

Racy Ming Associates LLC

Consulting and Facilitation Services

Seattle Jobs Initiative

Homeless/Housing and Workforce Systems Integration:

SJI provides customized technical assistance to States, Counties, Workforce Boards and other
stakeholders to strategically connect workforce and homeless housing services resulting in
coordinated programing and better opportunities for low-income households to obtain secure
housing supported by living-wage careers. Work includes, but is not limited to, the following
areas…

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) Technical Assistance

SJI provides customized technical assistance to States, Counties, Workforce Boards and other
stakeholders to develop robust, employer-driven SNAP E&T programs. Work includes, but is
not limited to, the following areas…

Silver Rose Enterprises, LLC

Consulting Services:

Silver Rose provides consulting services by working with clients to (1) clearly define what they are attempting to achieve; (2) uncover what’s already been tried; (3) develop a clear picture of where they want to go; (4) discuss options for how to get there; and (5) develop an action plan for delivery.

Silver’s areas of expertise lend themselves to consult on issues related to the following areas:
– Leadership development/coaching
– Staff development
– Capacity building
– Teamwork
– Coaching
– How to work with businesses in a consultative style
– Motivating/inspiring job seekers to take action
– Employee engagement
– Employer engagement
– Conflict resolution
– Change management
– Training needs assessment
– Training curriculum design and/or development
– Strategic planning
– Presentation preparation and delivering effective presentations

SPRA

Consulting and Facilitation Services:

Our consulting services include customized support for workforce development, education, and philanthropy leaders, collaboratives, as well as mid-management and frontline staff. Our approach is outcome driven and designed to unleash the creative potentialof those involved. Our specialties include:
-change management,
-strategic and action planning,
-developing strategies for collective impact,
-procuring services for program performance,
-human centered design,
-using data to advance program outcomes,
-design and implementation of innovative programs,
-reengineering of complex public systems.

The Praxis Group

Executive or Group Coaching:

Executive or Group CoaThe PRAXIS Group can provide one-on-one or group (no more than 8 participants) coaching for individuals who want to raise the bar on their leadership capabilities. Though it varies depending on the needs of the coachee, meetings typically occur 2 to 3 times a month for at least 6 months. Each meeting is anywhere between 40 – 60-minutes in length

During this time, the coachee brings their agenda to each coaching meeting. During each meeting, PRAXIS will partner with the coachee to achieve their professional goals through attentive listening, understanding, belief in the coachee and his/her commitment to success. PRAXIS will challenge the coachee, offer fresh perspectives, make requests (including assigning homework), acknowledge wins, and guarantee utmost confidentiality (to the fullest extent of the law, and so long as there is no concern for the coachee’s or another’s safety) in the powerful, sacred relationship. Lastly, the services provided are governed by the ICF Ethical Principles and Code of Ethics.

Meeting Design and Facilitation:

PRAXIS has years of experience facilitating extended management meetings with groups of people (as few as 5 and as many as 150) for strategy planning, vision casting, values clarification and mission creation. Offsite meetings can also be useful for innovating, building team work, ensuring consensus, resolving conflict, making agreements, developing systems, and solving problems.

No matter the desired meeting outcome, PRAXIS will create a structured agenda so the goals of the team are achieved; ensure open, equal and productive participation; keep the meeting focused so the time is well spent; and ensure the meeting produces results.

TL Phillips Consulting Services

Creating a Comprehensive Resource Development Plan in Support of Long Term Sustainability: Are you successful in securing grants and funding through both government and non-government sources? Are your WIOA Strategic Plan priorities driving resource development activities? Do you have a comprehensive and proactive resource development plan? Is there a flexible cash reserve representing 10% of your operating budget? Do you have an advocacy strategy in place targeting both existing and potential funder and policy stakeholders? Is your Board engaged in helping to raise capital?

Effective Board/Chief Elected Officials: Building Knowledge, Leadership and Strengthening the Governance Structure: Is your “Board bored or on board”? Do they possess a core foundational knowledge of the Workforce Development System locally and nationally, allowing them to be more effective leaders in supporting and promoting your organization’s important work? Are you leveraging the talents and networks of your members through more engagement opportunities at Board and other meetings, as well as events?

Facilitation 101: Effective Problem-Solving in Group Settings:

Broad components of the proposed workplan include:
• Reconnaissance – Engage directly with customer to understand organizational priorities and professional development needs/roles/capabilities of training participants.
• Advance Communication – Outreach to participants prior to training to provide key information on basic, meeting-level effective facilitation techniques/practices/tactics and to preview expectations concerning upcoming training session(s).
• Agenda Design – Develop training session agenda and distribute prior to meeting, with annotated version for senior management to ensure expectations are identified and met.
• Execution – Conduct training session, featuring goal-setting, group process management techniques, informal role playing, interactive Q&A, and clarification of next steps.
• How To Guide – Provide layperson’s “cook book” of lessons-learned from training session with practical applicability, including targeted direction/access to relevant online services.
• Work Notes – Produce and distribute written summary of key issues addressed in session and suggested related action steps to participants.
• Follow-Up – Respond to inquiries from participants following session concerning outstanding issues/concerns, via email or directly by phone.

Fine Tune Your Mission, Vision and Value and Get Your Brand Understood: 

Work with workforce board executive team, board and staff to better define your brand strengths and be better understood within your region in terms of the value you bring to them
• Assess and refine your organizational mission statement/s
• Review the purpose of a vision statement
• Outline the importance of value propositions and structure your messaging to ensure they are effectively woven into your messaging. This is done by stakeholder group. Participants will craft value propositions for businesses, job seekers, elected officials, partners; and elected officials
• Discuss ways that people can better understand your brand – who you are, what you do and your role in creating better communities.
• Outline suggestions to maximize your messages

Is Your WIOA Strategic Plan a Blueprint for Success?: Is your plan a blueprint for both short/long term success? Is your plan more compliance driven than innovation driven, as well as customer and broader community impact focused? Have and are you, your Board and Chief Elected Official(s) collectively engaged in and accountable for successful measurable results? Are your key stakeholders/partners aware of and supporting your plan’s strategic priorities? Does your plan implementation process allow for modifications to adapt to environmental changes impacting your organization? Are your plan’s priorities aligned with other strategic plans in your area such as economic development and education?

Sectors 101: Customized Demand-Responsive Talent Strategy: 

Designed for WDB board leaders, executives and staff, broad components of training offered will focus on developing a practical comfort level with and understanding of how to:
• Analyze and map out the composition and realities of the targeted sector(s) – strategic priorities, needs, and critical gaps. Emphasizing effective use of LMI analysis and industry reports, analyses, anecdotal intelligence.
• Identify and engage effectively with sector leaders to target priorities and test responsive strategies.
• Recruit, develop and support sector champions to articulate and communicate challenges and opportunities to critical audiences.

Storytelling and Framing your Message for Businesses and Job Seekers: 

Work with workforce board executive team, board and staff to better define your brand strengths and be better understood and to have your value understood within your region. Areas covered include:
• How to create a tight messaging system for businesses that will result in stronger engagement
• How to help explain to those seeking work, or better work – the value you bring to them, while also helping them to understand the system that is in place to support them.
• How to crate emotional content in your case study stories while avoiding “compassion fatigue”

Upskill California

Board Management and Consulting: We assist organizations to function effectively. We collaborate with leadership to improve organizational performance by improving and aligning individual performance with organizational goals. Bringing objectivity, UpSkill California consultants identify factors which are barriers to achieving mission success and offer strategic systems to achieve and sustain desired results. Our solutions are tailored to our client’s culture, business life stage, and industry. Our experienced Consultants bring out the best practices beneficial and responsive to the day-to-day realities our clients face.
– Board creation structure, process and practices
– Development through transition and recruitment
– Engagement and effectiveness

Strategic Planning:  Our team of strategic planning consultant’s help organizations create and execute better strategies with on-site retreat facilitation and services. We bring our expert consultants to facilitate the planning and creation. We are practitioners and partners dedicated to helping your organization establish a systematic process to see strategic success. Our experience includes building new organizational strategic plans, cascading strategy to department goals for organizations that need alignment of plan to department and executing of a strategic plan for organizations that have a plan ready to implement but need a neutral team to assist creating accountability and systematic tracking.

Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Board Development and Recruiting: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for LWBD Executive Directors, Leadership Team and/or Board Staff on working with the CEOB to recruit influential and engaged Board Members. Includes tips and techniques to develop roles, responsibilities and job descriptions for Board Members, Board orientation, and other training. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person, via phone or video conference. May result in additional recommendation for training full Board of Directors.

Budget and Fiscal Management: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or Fiscal staff on development of Budget (WIOA or Non-WIOA) as well as fiscal management policy, procedure and/or workflow. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Building Relationships and Effective Collaboration with Educational Partners: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for Leadership or LWDB members on building and sustaining effective relationships, working on collaborative projects with education partners. Specific focus can be on given to K-12, Post-secondary or Adult Education providers, as requested by contracting entity. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference. May result in additional recommendation for training or follow-up sessions with education partners.

Career Planning: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for Leadership, Program or AJC frontline staff on career planning services for job seekers. Includes innovative tools and exemplary practices aimed at assisting participant to identify career goals, plans, gains or progression on a career field. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Customer Flow: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for Leadership, Program or AJC frontline staff on customer flow, designing and implementing process and procedures for multiple programs and/or services. This includes composition of customer flow processes in various sized AJC locations, depending on co-location partner compositions in both urban and rural setting. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Customized Services for Fiscal or Monitoring: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or Fiscal staff on development of customized fiscal or monitoring services as identified by the entity (WIOA or Non-WIOA). Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Customized Services for Partner Relationships: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or LWDB, partners or staff for building mutually beneficial relationships with partners, as identified by the entity. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Customized Services for Program Operations: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for customized training for program operations, WIOA or non-WIOA, as identified by the entity. Will be delivered in method preferred by the entity, small group consultation with delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Customized Services for Strategic Planning: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for customized strategic planning services as identified by the entity. Will be delivered in method preferred by the entity, small group consultation with delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Customized Workforce Board Services: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for LWBD Executive Directors, Leadership Team and/or Board Staff or LWDB Members for customized services to the LWDB. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person, via phone or video conference. May result in additional recommendation for training offerings for full Board of Directors.

Development of Policy, Procedure Program Forms and Tracking Methods for Participant Data and Services: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or Fiscal staff on development of policy, procedure, program forms and/or tracking methods for participants. Service will include WA review of entity’s existing data management systems, policy and procedure. Can include interview of leaderships and frontline or program staff and/or shadowing by WA associates. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person. Follow-up conducted via phone or video conference. May result in additional recommendation for training frontline or program staff.

Facilitation of Community Partnerships and Regional Events: WA will offer facilitation services for community partners or events as identified by the entity. Will be delivered in person, small or large group, single or multiple sessions, as determined by entity. Services can also include pre- or post- event surveys, interviews or analysis specific to the event.

Facilitation of Procurement Process: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or Fiscal staff on development and facilitation of compliant procurements: overall process, from writing initial scope and guidelines of RFP to conducting bidder’s meetings and vendor selection. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Fiscal and Financial Management – Development of Policy, Procedure Program Forms and Tracking Methods: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or Fiscal staff on fiscal and financial management including development of policy, procedure, program forms and tracking methods. Service will include WA review of entity’s existing fiscal management systems, policy and procedure. Can include interview of leaderships and frontline or fiscal staff and/or shadowing by WA associates. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person. Follow-up conducted via phone or video conference. May result in additional recommendation for training frontline or program staff.

Fiscal Management Cost Sharing Among Co-located and Non-collocated Partners: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or Fiscal staff on development and facilitation of compliant and effective cost sharing agreements for co-located and non-collocated, mandated and non-mandated partners in compliance with WIOA regulations. Entity can opt for WA to facilitate cost sharing meetings with partners and/or assistance with drafting cost sharing agreements. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

How to Respond to Monitoring Findings, and Create and Implement Corrective Action Plans: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or Fiscal staff on creating adequate response to federal, state or local data validation, program and grant Management, financial management, service/product delivery, or performance accountability, as outlined in US DOL’s Core Monitoring Guide. Service can be purchase in anticipation of monitoring visit or following monitoring visit which resulted in required response or corrective action plan from entity. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Implementing Registered Apprenticeships: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for Leadership or program staff on implementation of Registered Apprenticeships and/or other earn and learn strategies with job seekers and employers. Topics include integrating RA into AJCs, job seeker and employer customer flow, co-enrollment with WIOA, used of WIOA funds with RAs training and support services, RAs with employer services, and forms, policy and procedure recommendations. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Managing Board of Directors: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for LWBD Executive Directors, Leadership Team and/or Board Staff on managing activities of the LWDB or other non-profit Board of Directors. Includes techniques and information on role of the Board, committee structure, meeting management, scheduling, notification, agenda development and reporting templates, Roberts Rules of Order, communication, use of technology, committee structure, how and when to implement ad hoc taskforces. . Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Managing WIOA Partner Collaboration, Relationship Building and Conflict Resolution: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for Leadership or LWDB members on building and sustaining effective relationships, with WIOA partners. Focus can be on given to specific partners as identified or requested by contracting entity. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference. May result in additional recommendation for training or follow-up sessions with WIOA partners.

Performance Indicators, Measuring, Tracking and Reporting: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or Fiscal staff on performance indicators, including accurate measuring, tracking and reporting procedures, forms, and internal staff controls. Can include WIOA or non-WIOA programs. Service will include WA review of entity’s existing measuring, tracking and reporting procedures. Can include interview of leaderships or frontline and/or shadowing by WA associates. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person. Follow-up conducted via phone or video conference. May result in additional recommendation for training frontline or program staff.

Preparation for WIOA Audits and Monitoring and Data Validation: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or frontline staff on how to prepare for WIOA audits and monitoring visits, as outlined in US DOL’s Core Monitoring Guide. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference. WA can also conduct a mock-file review and interview preparation techniques to assist entity adequately prepare for formal review.

Program Development: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for Leadership or program staff on development and roll out of new programs, WIOA or Non-WIOA. Topics include staffing, internal procedures forms and external communication, awareness and participant and employer recruitment. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Sector Strategies Framework: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for Leadership or program staff on sector strategies framework for organizational integration or teams, working with employer and industry groups, budgeting by sector and the impact of sector strategies on AJC operations. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Strategic Plan Development and Meeting Facilitation: WA will offer facilitation services for strategic plan development and meeting organization as identified by the entity. Will be delivered in person, small or large group, single or multiple sessions, as determined by entity. Services can also include pre- or post- event surveys, interviews or analysis specific to the event, SWOT analysis and recommended next steps, outcome or other final report out.

Sub-Recipient Monitoring: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or Fiscal staff on how to adequately monitoring sub-recipient grant or MOU agreements. This includes tips and techniques on conducting monitoring, site visits, policy, procedures and data tracking. The WA will also outline how to address sub-recipient performance, deficiencies or violations. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Understanding WIOA Common Measures: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or Fiscal staff on understanding WIOA common measures, how participant info and data entry and service impact measures. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person, via phone or video conference. May result in additional recommendation for training frontline or program staff.

WIOA Allocation and Budget Development: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities Leadership Team and/or Fiscal staff on understanding WIOA Allocations and development of Budget, can include managing WIOA with Non-WIOA funds under the LWDB, budget reporting and timelines. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Workforce Boards as Champions: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for LWBD Executive Directors, Leadership Team and/or Board Staff on leveraging the professional and social networks of Board Members, fostering an environment of engagement with Elected Officials, policy makers and industry for a greater impact of workforce board activities on local and regional economic development. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Working with Ex-offenders: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities on strategies for working with job seekers for re-entry, tools to equip frontline staff, innovative strategies on employer engagement, integration of ban the box or second chance hiring, benefits of Offender Workforce Development (OWDS) or other staff certifications from National Corrections Institute (NCI), promoting certifications to partners and utilizing OWDS and NCI certified trainers. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Working with Local Economic Development Organizations: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities for Leadership or LWDB members on working with local or state Economic Development Organizations (EDO) in relation to WIOA employer services, regional plan, board composition, or other topic identified or requested by contracting entity. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference. May result in additional recommendation for training or follow-up sessions with EDOs.

Youth Job Readiness Techniques: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities on strategies for LWDBs, Leadership, or Youth Staff to target innovative pre-employment training for WIOA, and how to involve community partners to extend beyond WIOA. Other topics include development of tools, outreach material and curriculum for youth readiness and pre-employment training. Typically offered as small group consultation with delivery in person delivery in person, via phone or video conference.

Youth Program Redesign: WA will offer consultation with contracting entities on strategies for LWDBS to on moving from WIA to WIOA youth services composition requirements (in school vs out of school, innovative strategies for outreach and implementations, youth element service providers, working with community based organizations and targeted get pre-employment training for WIOA youth and community partners to extend beyond WIOA. And meeting common measures work experience business outreach

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Consulting Services: 

•Resource Development: Alternative, Foundation and Creative Funding Strategies (Visdos)
•Ensuring Sustainability: Financially, Programmatically and Partner-Driven including Employers (Visdos)
•Next Level Employer Engagement: Best Practices, Strategies and Matching LMI Data to Emerging and Future Employer Needs (Visdos and/or Shanahan)
•Economic and Labor Market Analysis that Informs WDB, Workforce System and Agency Decisions about Programs, Services and Local and Regional Directions (Shanahan)
•Serving Juvenile Offenders: Alternative Sentencing and Best Practices tied to Workforce Development (Vetter)
•Creating Unique Services to Engage At-Risk Youth throughout the Year and in the Summer (Latimer)
•Creating a Youth Continuum: From Cradle to College (Latimer)
•Partnering with Youth Provider Organizations: Boys and Girls Clubs, School Districts, Colleges and SBDCs (Latimer)
•Addressing the Workforce Needs of Rural Communities (Latimer)
•Third Party Evaluation: Program Monitoring, Fiscal Reviews, Service Provider Agreements, One-Stop Operator Agreements, Interviewing Random Samples of Participants and Employers (Visdos)
•Grant and Program Evaluation (Visdos)
•Developing Targeted Programs for Veterans, Transitioning Military Personnel and Military Family Members (Visdos)

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