National Request for Information on Career Pathways
U.S. Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services release national Request for Information on Career Pathways
The U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services issued a Request for Information (RFI) on April 23 soliciting feedback to better align federal grants and services in order to develop high-quality career pathways programs for job training participants. This interagency collaboration builds on President Obama’s focus on job-driven training to improve the federal workforce system for the 21st century.
“We’ve made it a priority to ensure that our work meets the basic test of helping ready-to-work Americans find ready-to-be-filled jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “We are working with our federal partners to scale what works and fix what doesn’t.”
The career pathways initiative is an approach designed to link and coordinate education and training services in ways that enable workers to attain industry-recognized credentials, and ultimately, employment. The departments have been working together since 2011 to improve the alignment of their programs at the state, tribal, or local levels through supporting robust career pathways systems.
Together, the departments will collect and analyze information that is expected to yield important insights on: the benefits of and challenges to aligning diverse funding streams, programs, and stakeholders around career pathway systems; and the current and potential future use of career pathways systems to help at-risk populations gain skills and access the middle class.
The analysis will also generate essential information that will inform policy development and the next generation of investments and technical assistance by providing us with greater clarity on the catalysts and obstacles to career pathways systems development.
Stakeholders in the public and private sectors, as well as state, regional, tribal and local areas are encouraged to respond to this request for information or share it with other interested parties. For more information and to respond to the request for information, please see the April 23, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER. Responses must be received by June 9, 2014.