Designing Professional Development for Youth Workforce Development

Efforts to improve program quality and outcomes in youth services require attention to building and sustaining a qualified workforce of youth service professionals. The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has been working for over 10 years on developing and piloting strategies and resources to address the professional development needs of youth service professionals with a particular focus on those working at the intersection of youth development, workforce development, education, and disability services. The passage of the Work­force Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 has elevated the importance of building staff capacity to work collaboratively across systems, agencies, and organizations to plan, deliver, and align workforce development, education, and support services to youth and adults. Given WIOA’s increased priorities around achieving employment outcomes for disconnected youth and youth with disabilities, agencies and organizations must ensure that the staff responsible for serving youth and young adults are equipped with the necessary competencies to serve these populations effectively.

This Info Brief describes strategies and considerations for designing and delivering professional development for youth service professionals at the state and local levels. By highlighting strategies, required resources, and lessons learned from three different professional development initiatives, this brief aims to inform the decisions of organizations, agencies, and funders as they consider how to invest in professional develop­ment efforts within the workforce development system as well as other youth service systems and program contexts.

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