In the Jan. 27 issue of his weekly newsletter, The Job, education and workforce journalist Paul Fain spotlighted the new Good Jobs policy playbook from America Achieves’ State Recovery Now initiative. As Fain writes:
“The group recently published a policy playbook for supporting people on the pathway to good careers while helping employers fill in-demand jobs. It recommends that state and local governments consider spending some of their federal stimulus funds on evidence-based job training and career coaching. The playbook’s approach includes:
- The establishment of a mechanism to spend roughly $8K to $20K per eligible applicant, which would cover tuition for training that’s connected to good jobs as well as career coaching and wraparound supports such as guidance counseling, transportation, and childcare.
- The creation of a formal evaluation system for rating the quality of programs. The criteria should be focused on equity and draw from evidence of what is most effective in helping underserved populations land jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.”