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Employer Engagement

What are the various ways that employers can and should be involved in design and delivery of adult career pathway (ACP) programs? How do we invite employers to be involved in initial design phases, serve as resource to instructors and students in ACP courses, provide work-based learning opportunities and finally employment options for our learners? What are the interests and motivations of employers to play a role in ACP programs? What are common challenges in education-employer collaborations?

These tools and reference materials will help answer many of these questions and guide you in setting the foundation for best practices in adult career pathway programming.



Building Partnerships: A Growing Role for Program Leaders

World Education, 2016

In this webinar recording, several ABE leaders in the field share their strategies, successes and challenges in building employer relationships and other partnerships to design and delivery quality adult career pathway programming. (1 hour and 10 minutes.)

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Career Pathways Toolkit: Element Two - Identify Industry Sectors and Engage Employers

Published by U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, 2017

Element Two of the Toolkit provides useful guidance and tools to identify industry sectors; conduct labor market analysis; clarify role of employers in program development and operations; and sustain and expand business partnerships. (66 pages.) See esp. Component 2.6: Sustain and Expand Business Partnerships.

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Employer Engagement Toolkit: From Placement to Partners

Kevin Doyle, Jobs for the Future

The four sections of this toolkit are designed as modular guides that can stand alone or be used in sequential order. Use the entire toolkit as a package or select individual exercises, checklists, planning guides, or resources that are most relevant to you. Includes an assessment of current employer relationships; provides strategies for new employer outreach; and provides tools that connect employers directly to your ACP program. (82 pages total.)

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Engaging Employers in Adult Career Pathways Online Course

Literacy Information & Communication System (LINCS)

This 2-hour course helps adult education instructors and program administrators understand how to identify, engage, and sustain engagement of appropriate employers in the development of career pathways programs. The course is self-paced and features three modules: Creating a Business-Education Partnership; Building Business Engagement; and Sustaining Business Engagement.

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Engaging Employers to Support Adult Career Pathways Programs

David Bond, Kratos Learning, 2018

This 10-page issue brief offers practical strategies on engaging employers and building business-education partnerships to support ACP programs, and highlights promising examples from adult education providers in three states.

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