Past Events

  • Advancing the Field

    Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 08:00 AM through September 12, 2014
    Washington, DC

    The Workforce Connections Community of Practice held an “Advancing the Field” event on September 11th and 12th, 2014 at FHI 360’s conference center.  The event highlighted the tracks; Social Safety Nets, Value Chains, Financial Services and Vocational Skills Training. 

    This event reflected on the learnings of the last nine years of the project and how they have informed emerging trends, but also how to draw from what we’ve learned to introduce new ways of framing today’s complex development problems.  Key sessions included:

         - What’s Beyond Vocational?:  The Need to Think Systems and the Need to Collaborate
         - Work Readiness: Highlighting Core Competencies and Building Job Search Skills
         - Digital Literacy: The New Language of Employment
         - From Value Chains to Market Systems
         - Big Data for Development

    There was also a focus on systems thinking, with speaker Peter Senge: System Archetypes and Emergent Futures: Reflections on Facilitating System Change.

     

  • Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

    Monday, October 06, 2014 at 08:00 AM through October 08, 2014
    Washington, DC in Washington, DC

    The 8th Annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit took place from October 6-8, 2014 just outside of Washington, DC convening 400+ leading funders, private sector, implementers, policy-makers, educators, and youth leaders from 50 countries working to increase economic opportunities for young people. 

    The Summit featured 5 learning tracks and 2 spotlights.  The workforce development learning track focused on how to support young people to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for gainful employment or improved work performance; and how to provide employers with an effective means to communicate and meet their demand for skills. 

     

  • Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

    Monday, October 06, 2014 at 12:00 PM through October 08, 2014
    Washington, DC

    The 8th Annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit took place October 6-8, 2014 just outside of Washington, DC convening 400+ leading funders, private sector, implementers, policy-makers, educators, and youth leaders from 50 countries working to increase economic opportunities for young people.

    The Summit featured 5 learning tracks and 2 spotlights.  The workforce development learning track focused on how to support young people to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for gainful employment or improved work performance; and how to provide employers with an effective means to communicate and meet their demand for skills. 

     

  • A Multi-Generational Approach to Global Poverty Alleviation

    Thursday, October 09, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    New America Foundation in Washington, DC

    The New American Foundation held a panel discussion to explore these critical questions:

    1. What is the connection between youth financial inclusion and poverty alleviation?

    2. What role, if any, can/will financial institutions play?

    3. How can regulatory environments better foster youth financial inclusion?

     

  • Building a Better Working World: Solving the Global Youth Employment Crisis

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 09:00 AM
    National Press Club in Washington, DC

    Around the world, unemployment among young people has grown into an epidemic, one that threatens economic growth and social stability in dozens of countries for decades to come. 

    At this policy forum, a panel of experts used their research and knowledge in workforce development and education to not only shed light on the crisis, but also recommend practical steps for addressing youth unemployment based upon a research agenda, field testing, and tools for scaling evidence-based practices.

     

  • Advancing Labor Market Assessments - Webinar & In-Person Event

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 09:00 AM
    FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, DC

    Workforce Connections Community of Practice Labor Market Assessment Workstream 

    Despite widespread dialogue on youth employment challenges, and increasing attention to the evaluation of “what works” in youth employment programs, guidance is limited on how practitioners and workforce stakeholders can identify the driving constraints and opportunities within a specific country context. There is a particular need for better assessment and analysis tools.  Many resources exist – of varying levels of quality and accessibility – but which tools are most appropriate?

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    Workforce Connections presented:

    • an inventory of existing tools and methods identified to date,
    • a proposed decision tree for labor market analysis, and
    • a summary of new “open source” tools currently in development.

    Speakers:

    • Bryanna Millis, Technical Advisor
    • Eleanor Sohnen, Workforce Specialist
    • Lara Goldmark, Workforce Connections Project Director (Moderator)

    Hosted by Workforce Connections (USAID, FHI 360, and Making Cents International)

    If you were not able to attend the Workforce Connections Community of Practice Labor Market Assessment Workstream Event, you can find a link to the Webinar and PowerPoint Presentation below:

    http://www.wfconnections.org/advancing_labor_market_assessments_event_recording

    http://www.wfconnections.org/984_advancing_labor_market_assessments_slides

     

     

     

     

  • Labor Market Assessments Working Group Meeting: Segmenting Target Groups

    Friday, December 05, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    FHI 360 in Washington, DC

    This working group meeting focused on Segmenting Target Groups. Participants discussed important considerations, existing approaches, challenges, and needs. Groups also applied for small learning grants to support their research, tool development and testing, and other learning initiatives.WFLogo-icon.png

    Working group meetings will be held at FHI 360’s offices in Washington, DC. Further details and directions for participating remotely will be shared after we receive your RSVP.

  • Labor Market Assessments Working Group Meeting: Workforce Development Systems

    Tuesday, December 09, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    FHI 360 in Washington, DC

    This working group meeting focused on Workforce Development Systems.  Participants discussed important considerations, existing approaches, challenges, and needs. Groups also applied for small learning grants to support their research, tool development and testing, and other learning initiatives.WFLogo-icon.png

    Working group meetings will be held at FHI 360’s offices in Washington, DC. Further details and directions for participating remotely will be shared after we receive your RSVP.

    Working group meetings are member based only.  If interested in becoming a member of the Workforce Development Systems Working Group, please contact Jacqueline Williams at jwilliams@fhi360.org

  • Labor Market Assessments Working Group Meeting: Understanding Demand, Formal/Informal Sector Linkages, and the Assessment Process

    Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    FHI 360 in Washington, DC

    This working group meeting focused on Understanding Demand, Formal/Informal Sector Linkages, and the Assessment Process. Participants discussed important considerations, existing approaches, challenges, and needs. Groups also applied for small learning grants to support their research, tool development and testing, and other learning initiatives.WFLogo-icon.png

    Working group meetings will be held at FHI 360’s offices in Washington, DC. Further details and directions for participating remotely will be shared after we receive your RSVP.

    Working group meetings are member based only.  If interested in becoming a member of the Understanding Demand, Formal/Informal Sector Linkages, and the Assessment Process Working Group, please contact Jacqueline Williams at jwilliams@fhi360.org.

  • In-person event and webinar - Measuring Employment Outcomes for Workforce Development

    Thursday, February 05, 2015 at 10:00 AM
    FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, DC

    Youth workforce development remains a priority of global development efforts, with increasing attention being focused beyond education and training and into labor market outcomes. Despite this, the methods used to understand employment through monitoring and evaluation are highly varied, both across and within organizations. While much is being measured, the multitude of methodologies, and prevalence of custom indicators, inhibit cross-program data gathering and understanding. This lack of consensus and consistency is particularly significant in regards to the formation and function of outcome indicators. 

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    This event brought together the Community of Practice, practitioners, and stakeholders to explore this issue and seek to answer the following questions:

    • What are the “best” indicators for measuring youth workforce development outcomes?
    • How have these been measured in the past, and what can we learn from those experiences?

    Participants also had the opportunity to join a working group in Measuring Employment Outcomes for Workforce Development and submit a shared recommendation for future implementation to better understand the role outcomes play in standard indicators that will allow for enhanced comparison across programs, foster the emergence of best practices, shape the future of the field, and identify opportunities to plug into the Workforce Connections Community of Practice activities and learning grants.

    Facilitators:

    • Monika Aring, Senior Technical Advisor, FHI 360
    • John Lindsay, Technical Advisor, FHI 360

    Hosted by Workforce Connections (USAID, FHI 360, and Making Cents International).

    Working group meetings are member based only.  If interested in becoming a member of the Measuring Employment Outcomes for Workforce Development Working Group, please contact Jacqueline Williams at jwilliams@fhi360.org

    If you were unable to attend the February 5th, Measuring Employment Outcomes for Workforce Development Event, you'll find the Power Point Presentation, Webinar and the final Briefing Paper from the event available for download below. 

    Link to download the Measuring Employment Outcomes for Workforce Development Briefing Paper:

    http://www.wfconnections.org/979_measuring_employment_outcomes_for_workforce_development_briefing_paper

    Link to the Webinar and Recording of the Measuring Employment Outcomes for Workforce Development Event: 

    http://www.wfconnections.org/981_measuring_employment_outcomes_for_workforce_development_slids

    Link to the PowerPoint Presentation from the Measuring Employment Outcomes for Workforce Development Event:

    http://www.wfconnections.org/webinar_measuring_employment_oucomes_for_workforce_development