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Career Connect Washington Task Force

 

The Career Connect Washington Task Force is a public-private partnership aimed at accelerating career connected learning in Washington. The task force is the culmination of an 18-month National Governors Association Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning co-led by the Office of the Governor and the Workforce Board. The Policy Academy encompasses 70 organizations.

What is Career Connected Learning?

Career-connected learning is a broad concept that includes a variety of opportunities. It can be as simple as a local business person visiting a classroom to talk for 20 minutes about what they do. Or a half-day job shadow where a young person learns about an occupation or a business. For those with more time and resources it can be an internship, or in some cases, a full-fledged apprenticeship, where youth are paid while they learn hands-on skills.

The Career Connect Washington Task Force has three primary goals:

  • Recommend investment goals and priorities.
  • Create policies and incentives to bring career connected learning to scale.
  • Provide a high-level delegation to Switzerland in November 2017 to learn moreabout youth apprenticeship and employer-engagement models.

 

"We are going to stop telling our kids that a four-year degree is the only path to success. Most of them will require education and training after high school, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a four-year college degree. Through registered apprenticeships, technical training programs, and other career connected learning opportunities, we’ll give students all kinds of ways to fulfill their dreams of helping build airplanes, cure diseases, or design innovative new software."

   

-Governor Jay Inslee

“As a business person and Chair of the Workforce Board, I’m committed to strengthening the connection between Washington employers and our young people. We need business and industry at the table to make this work. We need business to be engaged and truly excited about helping create these opportunities."

 

-Workforce Board Chair Perry England

"A career connected learning system that includes apprenticeships, mentorships, job shadows, and hands-on learning will allow businesses to meet their workforce needs and youth in our state to be prepared for great careers."

-Brad Smith, President of Microsoft

 

Governor's Career Connected Learning Summit

In May, the Workforce Board co-hosted the Governor's Summit on Career Connected Learning, where the Career Connect Washington Task Force was announced by Gov. Inslee. This Task Force is expected to accelerate career-connected learning over the next six months. The Summit, held at the Microsoft campus, brought together industry, policy, and education leaders to discuss how to create more career-related opportunities for Washington young people. More than two dozen regional sites hosted locally driven meetings across the state and connected to the central site through a live feed. The Summit drew over 1,300 participants, generating significant momentum.

View the recording of the live feed.

 

 

Read more here

 

Seven policies to focus on:

  • Develop a public-private partnership to create a long-term, high impact career-ready system.
  • Increase access to training and resources.
  • Build connections between industry and educators.
  • Expand and support career connected learning access in rural and underserved communities.
  • Build stronger mentorship programs.
  • Strengthen High School and Beyond Plan.
  • Expand awareness of and access to registered youth/adult apprenticeships.


Why Career Connected Learning is Important

Washington's young adults, ages 18-24, experience the highest unemployment and the greatest difficulty of any age group in getting a job, and keeping it . Unemployment routinely runs twice as great for this age group, than for others. Meanwhile, as Washington's youth scramble for employment, thousands of Washington employers report leaving positions unfilled for lack of qualified candidates who have the necessary education or skills. Lack of work experience, or simply exposure to the work world, is a key reason why young people lack these employability skills. Internships, job shadows, and other forms of work experience can help young people gain these unwritten but critical skills.

 

 

Staff contact: Nova Gattman, Workforce Board Legislative Director, (360) 709-4612

 

 

 

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