Partnerships that Unlock Social Mobility (Partnerships) seeks to bring Workforce Boards and Education entities together regionally to help achieve prosperity for all Californians through the acquisition of skills and access to successful careers, enhancing the system’s capacity to provide career counseling, job placement, and supportive services. Over the course of our 16 planned sessions, we incorporated more and more partner entities connected to the Workforce System, Community Colleges, and Adult Education such as K-12, various CBOs, LEAs, and CLWDA.

Thus far, we have held sessions in the following RPUs: Orange, Capital, Middle Sierra, 3 sessions in LA Basin, San Joaquin, Ventura, Coastal, Inland Empire, Southern Border, East Bay, NoRTEC, and Northern Coast. With 2 sessions remaining, we are excited to start focusing on follow-up efforts to maintain the momentum gained in our Partnerships efforts.

Partnerships often results in a few tangible, realistically attainable outcomes through the facilitated exercises which we hope will trigger new ways of partnering with one another. Some of the outcomes or planned action items derived from Partnerships include the following:

• The restructuring of Advisory Committees/Councils to include partners and be chaired by industry, where possible
• Coordinating “touches” (contacts) by providers to employers and industry by designating a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to represent all affiliated partners to reduce fatigue and confusion for business owners
• Craft truly integrated co-location models where co-located staff are not operating in silos, but in tandem with all other providers present
• Cross-training to develop common language, develop common intake forms, establish a means of warm hand-off approach to making a referral
• Incorporate Adult Education into standard service delivery to address issues of preliminary job readiness more effectively
• Creating a visual crosswalk of services available in a region
• Workforce providing a “Toolkit” of sorts for Community Colleges or Adult Education (or affiliated CBOs, LEAs, K-12/14, etc.) to use when engaging industry
• Adapting the idea of Next Gen Sector Partnerships as a regional strategy to address coordinating business/industry engagement
• Create process to develop curriculum with industry as the architect (or vetting developed curriculum in some way) which can be administered more quickly
• Better market system programs and services through more modern media such as social media
The sessions have been generally well-received. Attendees are very thankful at the chance to interface with one another and forge new partnerships, or re-energize existing partner relations.