U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

JPTA

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TDCR

ISSUE DATE

April 25, 1994

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 49-93
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE WAGNER-PEYSER ADMINISTERING AGENCIES
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
 
FROM : BARBARA ANN FARMER
Administrator
for Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : Capacity Building Strategy Paper

  1. Purpose. To transmit the Employment and Training Administration's (ETA's) long-term capacity building strategy paper.

  2. Reference. TEIN 43-93, Capacity Building Challenge Grants.

  3. Background. The need for system-wide capacity building has been discussed for years. Both the Title III Amendments of 1988 and the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) Amendments of 1992 emphasized the need for better staff training. Sixteen States have established statewide JTPA Training Institutes. The International Association of Personnel in Employment Security administers a professional certification program in three major employment and training disciplines that is open to anyone who is interested. Further, the Clinton Administration's new initiatives in the areas of school-to-work transition, one stop centers and dislocated worker program consolidation will require existing staff to take on new responsibilities and learn new skills.

    The time is right, therefore, for ETA to implement an integrated, long range capacity building strategy which addresses the common needs of managers and professionals involved with JTPA, Job Service, Dislocated Worker, and other related programs.

  4. Strategy Document. Capacity building, for the employment and training system as a whole, means the "expansion of the ability of the employment and training system to deliver high quality services to its customers." The initial focus of this project will be to improve the job skills, knowledge and expertise of the "front line" workers who staff the agencies and programs which make up our employment and training system. The attached paper details ETA's Capacity Building Strategy. This strategy contains the following major themes:

  5. Extensive consultation with ETA customers. This continuing effort will solicit extensive input from State and local program practitioners, front-line staff, public interest groups (PIG's), recognized experts, clients and employers. The goal is to sharpen our understanding of the technical assistance and training (TAT) needs of the nation's employment and training system. We envision using a combination of focus groups, surveys, and expert panels to accomplish this task.

  6. Solicitation of new ideas. As described in TEIN No. 43-93, ETA has issued a solicitation for grant applications to States for the development and/or improvement of cross-agency training delivery systems as well as innovative and replicable program models and training products that have broad application throughout the system. Approximately ten grants totalling approximately $1.0 million are planned for PY94.

  7. Improvement and support of existing TAT capacity. ETA will offer support to local and regional associations, State training institutes and other technical assistance providers who are already engaged in capacity building among their members. Public Interest Groups and other national level ETA grantees will redirect their future activities to support this capacity building project among their constituents.

  8. Use of an electronic network. Use of electronic communication throughout the employment and training system will be emphasized. A central clearinghouse of information on "best practices" will be set up and linked electronically to program practitioners throughout the country.

  9. Pilot Projects. ETA will immediately fund three capacity building pilot projects which are already in the planning stages. These are (1) a peer-to-peer technical assistance model, (2) a self-evaluation instrument for local programs, (3) a set of computer based training modules for the recently developed subject specific Technical Assistance Guide's. ETA's Regional Offices will be extensively involved in the development of these three projects.

  10. Distribution. The widest possible distribution of this strategy to all segments of the employment and training community is encouraged. Please share the attached document with local and state employment and training agencies, Private Industry Councils, elected officials and others who have an interest in employment and training or human services programs.

  11. Inquiries. Questions about the capacity building strategy should be addressed to Elaine Kolodny or Jim Zurer at (202) 219-5229.

  12. Attachment. "Preparing Tomorrow's Workforce," ETA's Capacity Building Strategy Paper.

 

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