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MEMO: AP 01-14

Last Updated: June 25, 2018

March 28, 2001

TO: WIB Directors; WIB Chairpersons; Grant Recipients

FROM: Lorna Joseph, Director of Program Support

SUBJECT: Assessment of Work Readiness Skills for Younger Youth Under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

America's Workforce Network

Purpose:  To provide a system to assess the work readiness skills for younger youth under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and improve the consistency and accuracy of performance measurement and reporting.

Policy:  Effective July 1, 2001, all local youth programs funded under WIA will be required to use the same system for measuring and documenting the work readiness skills of younger youth.

The system is a modification of the existing Employability Competency System (ECS), and enables incremental measurement and documentation of progress toward annual goals for each youth, by establishing methods for:

  • determining and documenting baseline skill levels;
  • targeting one or more skills for improvement (program staff and youth collaboratively);
  • identifying appropriate learning activities (collaboratively);
  • documenting completion of assigned activities;
  • determining scores through evaluation of youths’ work and other evidence of learning; and
  • recording points earned and levels attained for targeted skills.

Copies of the work readiness tool have already been forwarded to Workforce Investment Boards under separate cover.

Questions may be directed to your area liaison.

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