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First I want to wish all of the members of the Rapid Response Community a Happy New Year. I hope that your holidays were safe, happy, and healthy.
For those of you who attended the Road to Recovery 2010 ReEmployment Summit, I hope you found it valuable, particularly those sessions focused on Rapid Response… including the 1/2-day Rapid Response Community Session on December 16. I hope you will use the comment feature on this blog to provide any feedback on things you liked, things you thought could be improved, or any other issues or concerns you would like to raise.
For those of you who were unable to attend due to weather or travel funds or other reasons, this blog post is intended to provide a brief overview of some of the things that I thought were the most important take-aways. For those who were there this may be a bit of a refresher for you—but if you have other things that you want to raise, again: please provide them in the comment section of the blog.
By Pam Gerassimides
National Labor Exchange
Director and Associate
Persistent structural unemployment and continuing layoffs -- workforce development professionals are well aware of the grim reality and challenges facing American jobseekers today.
Consistently, media and press ruefully remind us that “there are NO jobs out there for anyone.” This of course is a literary exaggeration. There are always available jobs in an economy such as ours. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in its most recent Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report says approximately 3.4 million job opportunities were available on the last business day of October 2010. A more accurate description or our predicament is to say: “today our supply of jobseekers exceeds our available demand for work.”
Not as catchy for news articles, but it points to one of our system’s primary missions -- namely facilitating the national labor exchange by capturing all job opportunities and making them available to the millions of our customers who are unemployed, underemployed or looking for work.
On Tuesday December 14th, at 2:30 p.m. Stone Soup will make its’ first live appearance at the 2010 National Reemployment Summit in Arlington, VA. The session will focus, as always, on the critical role partnerships play in building state-of-the-art Rapid Response capacity.
As budgets tighten and demand grows the relevance of the Stone Soup folktale (Click Here to read the tale) only seems to increase. In its most straightforward form the story is about making something out of nothing. A slightly more nuanced reading describes how nothing more than idea can be transformed in to something through a cooperatative effort-through a partnership. In the session I’ll tell the story of the partnerships that have helped WIBs and One-Stop across the country meet the demands of an economy in transition and expand services to their communities.
I’m also hoping the session will allow me to talk with you about issues that are on my mind. Right now I’m wrestling with how to move partnership beyond the individuals that formed them. How do we institutionalizing partnership without losing their vitality or their spirit? Another area that we all need to think about is how we demonstrate the hard value of engaged partnerships. What’s the value proposition of partnerships; and more importantly, what’s the ROI in brokering partnerships? Additionally, I am always interested in hearing about what you are doing. We ALL learn by sharing success stories and promising practices.
I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as can attend and being part of a session rich in stories and insightful digressions.
By Celina Shands Gradijan
Full Capacity Marketing, Inc.
In our last blog, we provided an online evaluation to help you determine how well your Rapid Response (RR) teams are integrated as part of business services in your local workforce investment area. One of the questions that scored the lowest (41.7%) asked if RR teams utilize a standard set of probing questions to uncover the needs of a business prospect during an initial meeting. This is important for several reasons:
Uncovering a business’ critical needs and finding an immediate solution is the first-step in building credibility and trust. This may or may not be a downsizing situation, or an immediate match for RR services—it doesn’t matter. The goal of an integrated business services delivery system is to bring together all service providers that work collaboratively in the best interest of the business (customer-centric model) versus the requirements of the funding stream (funding-based model).
2010 National Summit - Road to Recovery: Strategies for ReEmloyment
Program/Session Guide:Click Here
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