Monday, May 4, 2009

Workforce Development Professionals Embrace Web 2.0 Technology


Many workforce development professionals are familiar with Workforce3One, an interactive communications and learning platform designed to build the capacity of the public workforce system. The site, sponsored by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (ETA), is a place to develop and share strategies that enable individuals to be successful in the 21st century economy. The ETA has now launched the next iteration of workforce collaboration -"Communities of Practice". These online networks allow workforce development professionals to interact with educators, businesses, and economic developers to share best practices, innovative training approaches, and new products and tools to continually raise the quality and capacity of the public workforce system.

You can participate in an online community of practice on such topics as 21st Century Apprenticeship, an upcoming Nursing Summit, and Driving Transformation focusing on global innovation. One that I find particularly useful is Reemployment Works, an ongoing dialogue of national efforts to reemploy individuals who have lost their jobs due to recent economic shifts. The site shares learnings from the National ReEmployment Summit held earlier this year in Baltimore and the 6 follow-up Regional Recovery Forums that will build upon the lessons learned.

These communities of practice offer an array of social media tools such as webinars, discussion forums, blogs, twitter feeds, collaborative writing via a wiki, video links, podcasts, sample slide presentations, interactive calendar of events, and informative white papers like this one on Re-Employment Networks. These various social media tools allow us to collaboratively develop strategies and share best practices in a way that wasn't possible just a few years ago. The tools are powerful but they only work if you participate.

Worksystems has recently begun using social media in our work and we are curious to hear how other Workforce Investment Boards are using the tools. Please share your ideas with us.

2 comments:

Glenda said...

Glad to see that Workforce Development in blogging!

Tricia said...

Thanks for the words of support, Glenda. Our blog has received a tremendous response from our Board, community partners, and other workforce professionals such as yourself so we plan to keep it up. Please stay in touch!