Job Training@100%: Innovation 1
Tracking Supply and Demand
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Job Training.1.1
Project 1: The “all-important job training analysis” project
Unlike other services like transport, we don’t track every single time somebody uses a job training course or accesses a program to be an apprentice or intern. Yes, colleges and universities do have information on who is taking which courses, but identifying who is getting trained for what type of job might be tough.
No single number will give you a complete picture of the situation. But by gathering multiple data sources and tracking them over time, you should be able to get an idea of how much job training is accessible in your community. Here’s your list:
- School districts: They may have data on students in need of various forms of support to apply to colleges or vocational ed programs.
- Domestic violence programs: Some may keep data on their residents seeking job training support. Unlike the government, they’re not necessarily obligated to give you the data, but they probably will.
- Child welfare data: While not easy to acquire, there may be a way to assess data on parents needing support with finding a job.
- American Community Survey: The ACS is an ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearly basis about the United States and its people. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $675 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.
While not perfectly straightforward, if you get these numbers, you should be able to tell if job training accessibility in your community is going in a good or bad direction.
Imagine a future where all residents have a job training pass — a plastic card or mobile app with a barcode — that could be used for all forms of job training programs. Now imagine that an artificial intelligence program analyzes this data from all county residents to identify high and low use and where gaps in services exist, offering recommendations for fixing gaps
Project: Job Training.1.2
Project 2: The “can you get there from here?” project
Good job training planners will figure out where folks needing help with job training are concentrated and then plan service accordingly. However, a lot of job training programs are good-hearted but haphazard affairs that do not engage in that type of self assessment. Luckily, using census data, your own eyes and Google Maps, you can do it for them. First, learn how to do custom drawings on Google Maps (an internet search will lead to some tutorials). Looking at the American Community Survey, Google Earth satellite images, and the results from your Resilient Community Experience Survey should get you started.
Project: Job Training.1.3
Project 3: The “do our job training agencies go where they should” project
Your job training system (that includes high schools, vocational ed and higher ed) should be one seamless system serving the entire county. We should blend all the data we have on job readiness. We would learn a lot. For job training, we should serve all residents, but especially your community’s most critical areas: communities with high rates of child welfare involvement, low income areas, areas with high unemployment, and high schools with low achievement and high drop-out rates. Find or make a map of the county, then make a map of all “high risk” areas and all job training programs. Next, see how well those two maps overlap. Also take a look at service frequency. Are job training and supports being offered when the need is the highest? Is the training aligned to be near future jobs? Whether job training “serves” the most critical areas depends on more than what the map looks like.
One issue to tackle will be transportation. One type of job training may well be the next town over from where the need for that particular service is the greatest. Can you get there from your town? Often the answer is no, especially in places where state transit leaders have ceded their planning authority to county leaders. That leads to your action team talking with the transportation action team (and possibly more teams).