A few weeks ago, my colleague Lynn Bajorek shared a blog post that described Maher & Maher’s recent process mapping work with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment and Training (OET). In the post, Lynn detailed how we used “as-is” and “should-be” process mapping with OET and its partners to examine several critical processes (Rapid Response, annual monitoring, and policy development), identify inefficiencies and challenges, and develop enhanced processes to better align the performance of these functions with the agency’s mission and goals. As part of our work with OET, we also developed and facilitated a virtual process mapping “how-to” training for staff.
On the face of it, process mapping appears pretty straightforward: you pick a process that needs some attention; map how that process takes place today and define… Read more →
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 →
In our work with regional teams in a number of states over the last decade, we have learned a great deal about what enables regional partners’ success, what can hinder it, and how regional partners can create meaningful, sustained engagement and ensure real results. We’ll be sharing our thoughts and observations with you in blog posts over the upcoming months, and invite you to weigh in with input on your own experiences with successes and pitfalls in regional planning!
Over the last year, partners in regions across the country have been working to draft and finalize their WIOA regional plans. In some cases, regional partners have a history of working together and planning jointly across workforce area (and other) boundaries; in others, working together in multi-partner and multi-jurisdictional teams has been a very new enterprise. In either case, regions have had… Read more →
Last week, seven members of the Maher team spent two full days at Midlands Technical College in West Columbia, South Carolina to support South Carolina’s Sector Strategies Regional Planning Institute. The Institute was one important part of the state’s larger Talent Pipeline Project, an effort convened by our client, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW), and jointly supported by DEW’s partners, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Technical College System, and the South Carolina State Department of Education.
We have been partnering with South Carolina state leaders to support and facilitate the development and implementation of regional workforce planning and sector strategies since the spring of 2015. Leading up to the March Institute, we provided in-depth data analysis assistance to help the state identify statewide target industry sectors; assisted in the formation of… Read more →