The Workforce Connections Community of Practice organized a Working Group Meeting event on July 31, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. at FHI 360 in Washington, D.C. There were 20 participants from 11 organizations who joined this event. The event involved the presentation, discussion, and feedback on the forthcoming publication, “Key Approaches to Labor Market Assessment”. This event was facilitated by Nora Sohnen (Project Director, FHI 360), Bryanna Mills (Director, Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship, FHI 360), Nancy Taggart (Senior Youth and Workforce Advisor, USAID), and Olga Merchan (Youth & Workforce Development Advisor, USAID)
This event opened the opportunity for participants to provide feedback on the publication, and suggest ideas on how it might best be used by workforce development stakeholders. Participants also discussed the challenges of conducting a labor market assessment.
The Labor Market Assessment (LMA) document describes the key modules of an assessment, which are codified in a methodological framework. The modules start with looking at where employment and skills demand are derived (Economic Context) and move into specific Demand for Skills; before looking at issues relating to the System/Stakeholders; Policy; and Supply of Skills in an economy. This document presents a number of tools and approaches developed and refined under Workforce Connections, and includes references to additional tools. It provides a customizable methodological framework for conducting an LMA, presenting overall guidance and some specific tools and approaches, and pointing the user towards additional relevant resources.
The final document will be disseminated and posted on the Workforce Connections site this fall.