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Maher Workforce Solutions Practices Sharpen the Saw!

Last week a group of senior staff from Maher’s Workforce Solutions practices gathered in the historic Willard Office Building in downtown D.C. for training. For two days about 20 of our professional team worked together to drive new efficiency in our development activities and benchmark best practices with the leaders in the government sector.

“We have been talking about this for the last year … looking at ways to make what we do more effective and efficient,” said Richard D. (“Rick”) Maher, the Firm’s President and CEO. “Our people are incredibly talented and work really hard to make our clients successful. We want to do a better job telling the world about what we do, and making that effort “world-class” – just like the consulting efforts we perform.”

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Maher & Maher Presents at the Maryland Raising the Bar Conference on Advancing Apprenticeship

On March 15, 2017, Amy Young and Rebecca Livingston presented “Advancing Apprenticeship Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)” to a standing-room-only crowd at the Maryland Workforce Association’s Raising the Bar Conference. This session highlighted opportunities for Apprenticeship under WIOA and how to utilize Apprenticeship for WIOA customers. The session ended with an interactive activity on how to effectively implement Apprenticeships in Maryland and provided a wealth of resources to continue this important work beyond the conference.

Maher & Maher is a specialized change management and talent development consulting firm based in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. The firm is U.S. Department of Labor’s national technical assistance provider supporting the Employment and Training Administration’s implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and a number of other priority initiatives of the administration that advance and… Read more →

‘High Impact’ Workshop Draws SRO Crowd at NAWB!

An overflow audience explored the characteristics of “high impact” boards at the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) 2017 conference recently. The NAWB Conference is the nation’s largest gathering of workforce development professionals every year, and this year’s estimated 1500-1600 attendees kept the show’s reputation well secured.

“High Impact Workforce Boards have certain characteristics in our experience,” said Richard D. (“Rick”) Maher, President and CEO. “In this workshop, Beth Brinly (Maher’s V.P. of Workforce Innovation) and I defined how high impact boards operate and helped folks self-assess how they compare with this benchmark. We had an energized, standing-room only (SRO) audience and a really important conversation. It was great fun!”

Maher’s work with High Impact Boards stems from our work in states and regions across the country… Read more →

Maher Supports Sector Strategies in Florida

Last week Maher & Maher continued our support of sector strategies in Florida with the design and facilitation of a workshop in Tampa for our client, CareerSource Florida. This workshop was one of a series of events we’re doing to help CareerSource Florida advance the implementation of sector-based workforce development in the state.

Maher designed the event, and Rick Maher facilitated it. We worked with the client and local leaders to handle all session logistics for 100+ registrants. Attendees included regional employers, Workforce Development Boards, community colleges, K-12 system and representatives from Apprenticeship, Vocational Rehabilitation, Organized Labor and other community-based organizations. “This was a great group of professionals representing the full array of stakeholders needed to make sectors work,” said Rick Maher. “The energy level was high and we had great engagement. I’m looking for great things ahead from the folks… Read more →

Maher & Maher Awarded $30M Contract Vehicle to Continue Technical Assistance for WIOA

In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) awarded Maher & Maher a new 5-year, $30 million blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to provide the agency with continued technical assistance and training support to advance the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The BPA opens tremendous opportunity for any office within ETA to quickly and easily engage Maher’s services in a broad array of technical assistance, training and outreach activities, including needs assessments, facilitation services, federal staff and grantee training, in-person and virtual events, performance coaching and subject matter expertise, peer learning, toolkits and guides, disseminating lessons learned, and accelerating the adoption of evidence-based practices.

The BPA is advantageous for federal staff because it allows access to Maher services directly – without the need for competitive proposals. This saves ETA staff time and money by expediting the procurement process and tapping needed… Read more →

A Learning Laboratory for Innovation

When it comes to implementing innovations, Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) grantees are at the forefront. From day one, these state and local grantees envisioned a better way of doing things – whether it be new or proven interventions, revamped systems and processes, or bold new service strategies to transform the customer experience. And, Maher & Maher has been with the WIF grantee community every step of the way, bringing a comprehensive program of technical assistance and support, individualized performance coaching, and a transfer of knowledge to the broader workforce system.

Since 2012, WIF grants competitively awarded by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) have funded 43 efforts to test and rigorously evaluate pilot projects. And each year since, WIF has brought together these leaders of change from across the country to Washington, DC for an annual convening held at the U.S. Department of Labor. The recent 2016… Read more →

Rick Maher’s 2016 Year-End Message

To our Valued Customers, Friends and Colleagues:

As we bring another year to a close, many members of the Maher Team are gathering to focus on the opportunities and challenges ahead in the New Year. It is a busy time – full of things to do, challenges to overcome and opportunities to seize – yet it should also be a time to reflect.

This past year has provided so much for us to be thankful for – another record year of success. We have expanded our Team to record levels as our growth continues. We welcomed new customers who joined with trusted and valued clients we have been fortunate to work with for many years. We also saw exciting new ideas take root – leading to several “firsts” in our consulting practice that helped our clients deliver against aggressive timelines and complex project… Read more →

From Strategy to Service Delivery: Operationalizing Industry Sector and Career Pathway Priorities

For the last 10 years, the Maher & Maher team has had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of state and regional clients to support planning and other activities focused on aligning partners around shared strategies to better understand and meet the workforce needs of key industry sectors in their areas.  The passage of WIOA in 2014 has brought increased intensity to this work, given the priority WIOA places upon the development of industry sector-driven partnerships and strategies and the importance of aligning supply-side efforts to demand-side needs through the integration of well-articulated career pathways.  It’s a significant achievement that workforce systems across the country have or are completing their initial strategic plans under WIOA.  For us, the key question now becomes: How can workforce systems operationalize their industry sector and career pathways strategies in service delivery for job seeker, worker, and business customers… Read more →

Maher & Maher - Strong at SETA

Content-rich and timely topics drew standing room only crowds to Maher & Maher’s four engaging workshops at SETA (Southeastern Employment & Training Association) 2016 Fall Conference in Biloxi, with record attendance of over 650.

Beth Brinly, Maher’s Vice President for Workforce Innovation, wowed attendees with her three workshops.  Her first session was Procurement of Youth Services Under WIOA, which offered an opportunity to review key WIOA Youth Final Rules.  Participants engaged in a spirited discussion exploring the pros and cons of Pay for Performance contracting.  The conversation then shifted to the elements needed in Request for Proposals and an examination of rating elements of proposals.  Some of the feedback included: “Great information and presenter!  Enjoyed group interactions and RFP tips.” and “Beth was very knowledgeable and passionate about this subject!”

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Business Engagement in Action!

Over the last two years the workforce development system has been working on organizational changes related to WIOA.  Now that the final rules are out, many states, regions and local areas are focusing on the key strategic priorities in the law.  Some of WIOA’s specific requirements include:

Supporting industry partnerships by Local Workforce Development Boards; Creating stronger roles for, and integration with, economic development; Aligning sector partnerships and educational career pathways; and Measuring outcomes related to employer impact, in addition to jobseeker and worker impact.

Whether you are launching an industry partnership, a career pathway effort, work-based learning initiative, or overhauling your business service strategy, your business customer must be the driving force behind the effort.  In order to achieve WIOA’s strategic objectives, each level of the workforce system must effectively and efficiently do its part. 

The… Read more →