Job Training@100%: Innovation 10
Developing the City Dept of Food
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.10.1
Project 1: The “county/city partnership that funds the department of job training” project
Elevator pitch: When Eric was just a sophomore in high school, his mom should have been able to scan city hall’s website to find links to vocational and higher ed programs that might have been useful for her son. She should have been able to see a clearly defined menu item called “Department of Job Training” right next to the Departments of Police, Fire and Parks. It should not be buried deep in the bowels of the website. It’s a vital, stand-alone department (or should be) and deserves to be treated as such.
Why is this so important? After all, local job trainings are often funded in part by colleges, universities, county entities, foundations, business ventures and nonprofit organizations. In smaller areas, college centers are the hub for all job training. This proposed department doesn’t put job training in place, but can, at the very least, regularly evaluate the job training needs of its constituents, determine if they are adequate and regularly research innovations. This Department of Job Training director’s job will look very different depending on the town — it may just take a part-time city manager a few hours per year in the smallest of hamlets. But it’s important work and it needs to be done by someone who reports to an individual who regularly stands for election.
Potential partners: mayors, city councilors, county commissioners, workforce specialists, higher ed, public education and socially-engaged businesses
Project: Job Training.10.2
Project 2: The “convene your fellow job support and workforce development advocates and enhance your skills in public speaking, committee briefing and how to get to a lawmaker” project
This project is a crash course that you develop with local experts about how to contact local and state leaders, give an elevator pitch on your projects, and the protocol for committee hearings that can lead to funding.
Project: Job Training.10.3
Project 3: The “know your stuff before you meet the mayor” project
Innovation #10, in some ways, is putting it all together. By the time your action team becomes familiar with all nine innovation areas and their projects, you will be prepared to meet with elected officials and stakeholders to discuss a city strengthening its support of workforce development and jobs training in all its many enriching forms.
Project: Job Training.10.4
Project 4: The “create a bold vision and strategic plan” project
It’s time to create a detailed plan for this new (or improved) local Department of Job Training. With previous projects, you will have learned its strengths and weaknesses, potential funding sources and who the players are. You’ll be in a great position to document what’s working well, what needs to be kept as it is or expanded, and what needs to change.