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New Research: Behavioral Economics & Workforce Development

New Research: Behavioral Economics & Workforce Development

July 22, 2015

What can new research from the fields of behavioral economics and psychology teach the workforce development system to improve our success serving those in poverty?

Plenty, it turns out, as revealed in new research from Seattle Jobs Initiative:

How Poverty and Cognitive Biases can Impact Decisions and Actions: Using Research from Behavioral Economics and Psychology to Improve Workforce Development Systems

To succeed in upgrading their skills and advancing in their employment, individuals served by the workforce development system may need ...

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NSC-Seattle Jobs Initiative Announce SNAP E&T Projects in Four States

NSC-Seattle Jobs Initiative Announce SNAP E&T Projects in Four States

July 9, 2015

By Brooke DeRenzis and David Kaz

National Skills Coalition and Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) have selected four states to receive technical assistance with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) programs. Starting this month, we will work with teams in Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, and Oregon to help them advance skills-based SNAP E&T programs. These states are aiming to build the skills of SNAP participants through partnerships between state SNAP E&T agencies, community colleges, and other organizations.

The ...

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Beyond the Headlines — Construction Jobs in Seattle

Construction cranes dominate much of Seattle?s skyline and landscape. New housing units and office buildings are rising around the city. In Downtown alone, Seattle saw nearly a hundred active construction projects in December 2014.(1) The construction industry is also abuzz with road projects and infrastructure projects such as the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel and the expansion of Sound Transit?s light rail. Despite all of this activity, construction jobs have yet to rebound since their pre-recession highs in the Seattle ...

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Beyond the Headlines — Families & Child Care Access in Seattle

Next month, families throughout Seattle will gather to celebrate Mother?s Day. Reflecting on this day, it is incredible to see the immense changes that families have undergone in the country?s most recent past. Just fifty years ago, only four out of 10 households with a child saw both parents (including married and single parent families) working. In 2014, that number climbed to 6 out of every 10 such households.(1)

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Child Care Locator: New Interactive Tool

April 30, 2015

Since SJI?s very first days (all the way back in 1997!), we have worked to help individuals access child care resources for their families ? as one critically important part of the greater effort toward skills training, education and good jobs in growing industries. This work continues today, and as part of our effort to remove barriers to child care resources, SJI has developed a new, interactive map and tool for our partners and participants to see and ...

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Beyond the Headlines — Consequences of Seattle’s Income Inequality

As recovery from the Great Recession continues, discussion increasingly turns to the topic of income inequality. Throughout the country there is a sense that only the rich are prospering, while middle and lower class families are left behind to struggle. Unfortunately, the data backs this up. From 2010 to 2013, the Federal Reserve found that the share of income held by the top 3% of families rose to 30.5% from 27.7%, while the bottom 90% saw its share fall to ...

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New Report: Employer Perspectives on Soft Skills

New Report: Employer Perspectives on Soft Skills

March 26, 2015

Employer Perspectives on Soft Skills: 2014 Survey Report, March 2015, PDF (920KB)

Seattle Jobs Initiative, in partnership with the Washington State Human Resources Council and the Performance Skills Coalition, surveyed over 200 human resources and business professionals statewide about the their views on soft skills in the workplace. Read what they had to say!

ALSO: Read SJI’s 2013 publication on the importance of soft skills here:

The Importance of Soft Skills in Entry-Level Employment and Postsecondary Success: Perspectives ...

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SJI’s Latest Research: Understanding “Benefits Cliffs”

SJI’s Latest Research: Understanding “Benefits Cliffs”

March 24, 2015

Understanding ?Benefits Cliffs?: Implications for Helping Washingtonians Advance to Self-Sufficiency Through Workforce Strategies, March 2015 (PDF, 2MB)

The goal of workforce development efforts serving individuals in poverty is to provide them with the skills and credentials they need to increase their earnings in the labor market and advance to self-sufficiency. It is important for workforce stakeholders to understand that low-income families? household income is often partly comprised of public benefits (such as supports for housing, child care and ...

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In the News: WA State Receives $22 Million for Job Training

March 23, 2015

Last week, the Department of Agriculture announced our state will receive a $22 million grant to provide job training to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. In Washington State, this SNAP program is known as the Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program. Seattle Jobs Initiative has been involved with BFET since the program?s beginning; learn more about our work here.

Read the full press release on Congresswoman Suzan DelBene?s website here.

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Career Navigation Report + Webinar 3/4/15

Career Navigation Report + Webinar 3/4/15

February 12, 2015

Seattle Jobs Initiative is pleased to present our latest report on career navigation as well as share an opportunity to participate in our March 4th webinar featuring presenters from?SJI, The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative,?Capital IDEA, and WorkLife Partnership — see registration details below!

VIEW REPORT

Workforce development strategies that offer career navigation have spread across the country in recent years. Community colleges, community based organizations, intermediaries, WIBs, labor unions, and others provide services to help their workers to ...

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