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From Wired to What's Next

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"From WIRED to What's Next: The Post Recession Partnership for Skills-Driven Economic Development” (presented by Richard Seline, architect of the DOL-ETA WIRED grants initiative)

How did the WIRED grants come to be? What impact did they make? Were there any long standing changes due to their implementation? How can we learn from the WIRED grants...and what is the next logical step? Richard Seline, architect of the WIRED grants initiatives presents this third installment of the North East Regional Employment and Training's "National Jobs Crisis Brainstorming Sessions" to discuss how we can learn from WIRED’s sparked regionalism model – and the collaborations still critical today between economic and workforce development.

This presentation and participant engagement covers:
Why and How WIRED Was Organized to Spark Collaboration
The Immediate Lessons Learned During WIRED
The Lasting Impact from WIRED and Similar Initiatives
What’s Next in the Post Recession Economy Challenging Workforce, Regionalism, and Collaboration
Tools and Techniques for Assessing Current, Emerging Skills and Talent Demand
And finally, an Update on WIA Reform and the Ready to Work Grant Opportunity
And, as a special treat, Dan DeMaio Newton, formerly from Monster.com and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt joins in to engage in a robust dialogue with Richard to discuss lessons learned and strategies going forward.

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From Wired to What's Next

  1. 1. From WIRED to What's Next: The Post Recession Partnership for Skills-Driven Economic Development Richard Seline, Principal Presentation for the North East Regional Employment and Training Association
  2. 2. Why WIRED?  Lack of coordination among drivers of job-creation and skills development at the regional level  Continued reinvention of the industry engagement model from appointee to appointee at the state or WIB levels  Inability to keep pace with new skills requirements in certain emerging industry sectors, technologies, and globalization of business models  Hundreds of funded programs, grants, contracts circling around the skills gap but no coordination of response much less opportunity to explore mutual interests
  3. 3. “Regionalism” on the rise then…and now: Driving Clusters and Industry Sectors 3
  4. 4. Clustered Asset Mapping
  5. 5. Clusters and Industry Sectors Source: Regions of Innovation Project, US Council on Competitiveness
  6. 6. 6 However, A New Regional Model Emerging… Then…. Manufacturing Research Development Trials/Testing Services Self-contained regional clusters Intl Region A Local Network E Your Region Industry Consortia F Province D Region C Country G Now…. Specialized, networked regions: Global Hubs & Nodes
  7. 7. Assessing Capacities to Innovation Identifying & Measuring Assets and Skills Regional Innovation Capacity Converge, Coordinate, Collaborate 1 Knowledge of Critical Sciences, Technologies, Applied Engineering 5 Economic Value Generation 6 Infrastructure and Facilities Driving Design, Manufacturing, Delivery 7 Market Analysis and Access 3 Expertise in capital sourcing, commercialization of ideas 3 4 5 71 2 6 4 Competitive strengths assessment 2 Global Perspective
  8. 8. The Challenge: Changing vs. Creating Cultures Legacy Future Scenario Commodity-based economy Narrow value chains Wholesale Market perspective – pennies Tall Poppies Knowledge Driven Endless Value chains ‘Niche’ Retail Market perspective Brand: Innovative Entrepreneurs Reality Check
  9. 9. Encouraging open source innovation and applied knowledge as a competitive advantage within the region AND as an export to national and global interests Supporting businesses (industries) that provide growth solutions to specific challenges across several geographies and sectors Attracting businesses, value chains based on tech sectors contained within the proximity of their governance and maybe the region Promoting business relocation based on jobs and taxable business base Creating global networks of innovation and becoming a hub or node of unique knowledge, know-how, and competency Evolution of the Role of Economic & Workforce Development Strategies
  10. 10. State Workforce Commission Regional Workforce Continuum for Targets of Opportunity & Competencies? State Agencies Secondary and School-to-Careers Adult Education Certification Community and Technical Colleges Business & Industry Training Consortium Network Economic Development Agencies Local Workforce Boards and One Stops Community Based Organizations Postsecondary and Graduate Schools Employment & Occupation Analysis: The Continuum Model
  11. 11. The WIRED Landscape
  12. 12. 13 EWIB RIG Regional Innovation Framework? Creating a ‘Big Picture’ and Specific Next Steps Cluster of Competency and Knowledge Existing Technology& Engineering Capacity Long-term Occupations that consistently grow with the economy STEMas a near- term investmentin humancapital Attract/Recruit firms and their outsourced operationsto the region New pipeline of students and skills, leveraged by subject matters experts in the community, region Tap Defense/ Intelligence capabilities, but ‘repurpose’ skills to address other options Underpinning competency and a steady flow of people, ideas, capabilities derived from Electric Boat, UCONN, others “ Why I must be in the Regionto win!” What is required to create this continuous innovation cycle - what are THE fundamental steps, operations?
  13. 13. From Clusters of Industry to Clusters of Knowledge & Competency Industry Clusters Production Strengths • Build-What Industry and occupational employment remain the foundation for competencies: Occupational Clusters Skill Strengths • Know-How • Know-Whom • Know-What + = “Competencies” Examples: • Aerospace engineering • Consumer product dev. • Optics research • Drug design clinical trials • Bioinformatics • Materials logistics • 3D Printed-Manufacturing Competitive Competencies Additional databases: • Patents • R&D • Asset Inventory • VC Further refine Competency definitions or benchmarking
  14. 14. Connecting Innovation-Related Competencies and Assets As Competitive Advantage for Regional Progress Information Technology/ Computing/Digital Tools Aligned Workforce Training & Skill Creation-Monitoring Unique Infrastructure, Specialize Equipment, Programs Regional & Global Networks/ Markets Industry Sector Specific R&D/ Commercialization Conversion of Ideas Into Products, Services Leading to Economic Opportunity for All Social Networks, Leadership, Civic Stewardship Laboratories, research parks, Incubators, Centers of Excellence 21st Century Knowledge Competencies Gap? Early stage, seed capital Gap? Advanced manufacturing, logistics Gap? High School- Community College Academy Gap? Value proposition for outreach to non-resident CEOs, decision-makers
  15. 15. Advanced Systems & Materials / Polymers / Nanotechnology Biomedical Research Advanced Manufacturing Aerospace & Defense Transportation & Logistics UAVs / Sensors / Micro-Electro- Mechanical Systems Biomedical Engineering / Diagnostics / Drug Development Military Technologies / Shipbuilding / Professional R&D Services Modeling & Simulation Technology The Knowledge Economy and Clusters of Knowledge
  16. 16. Formal Approach to Taking a Job:
  17. 17. Emergence of New Roles: • Disease Mapper • Robotic Surgery Assistant • Artificial Intelligent Device Designer • Remote Sensing Test and Evaluation Manager • Nanoscale Pharmaceutical Production Facility Operations
  18. 18. Beginning of the Mismatch…
  19. 19. The Recession Impact
  20. 20. Deepest Job Loss in History
  21. 21. Part-Time Recovery and the 4:1 Productivity Gain in Corporate America
  22. 22. An Uneven Recovery
  23. 23. What’s Changed? Jobless recovery Changing labor relations Advances in technology Demographic shifts Reduced funding sources On-shoring of manufacturing Distributed learning
  24. 24. Explanation of the Changes Full-time versus freelance, contract, just-in-time hires, small group expertise Hyper-local, hyper-specialized versus global and mobile Routine maintenance, operations in manufacturing versus robotics, 3D printing, and other disruptive technologies Place-based learning versus MOOCs, DIY Skills Development Federal and State Grant Programs versus Public-private partnership resources, fee-for-services, alternative certification programs
  25. 25. Competition for Job Creation: An Issue of Scale
  26. 26. Highest and Fastest Growing Jobs
  27. 27. Shifts, Shifts, and More Shifts
  28. 28. Game Changers in the Economy and Employment Scenario
  29. 29. Where We Are Today!
  30. 30. What is Different in 2014?  Nothing: we still have clusters of industries, competencies, skills, and locations where work occurs – and we still approach skills development as a system – a linear process.  Everything:  we now have totally unique job categories and interdisciplinary skills as well as teams of PhDs working side by side with Blue Collars;  we have product and service ‘disruptions that are occurring on a weekly and monthly basis, no longer years;  we have structures and systems that are faster, accelerated, and self-designed called ‘networks’.
  31. 31. Disrupting Traditional Business Models:
  32. 32. The “Language” of Global Youth & Next Generation  Networks operating regardless of boundaries, histories, ethnic and demographics….forming global diplomacy of powerful economic and social impact
  33. 33. Pre Recession vs. Post Recession: The Structures Are At Odds Pre Recession Post Recession
  34. 34. WIA Reform – In Our Lifetime?  The 3 Million and counting “Brigade” of Un, Under-, and Never Going To Be Traditionally Employed  Finite Resources and Finite Political Will  Targeted Performance and Impact – Laser Like Focus  National Goals and Regional Dynamics, Flexibility  Labor Unions, Corporate America – and The Axis of Real Job Creation (which is neither of these!)  21st Century Competitiveness through Advanced Manufacturing, Disruptive Technologies, Industrial Design and Engineering, and a Creative Spark for Global Product Delivery
  35. 35. “ Ready to Work” & Other Funding Opportunities $150 Million for “Ready to Work” Partnerships to Support Innovative Public-Private Efforts to Help the Long-Term Unemployed Get a Fair Shot. Today, the President and Department of Labor are announcing $150 million in existing resources from the H-1B fund to support high performing partnerships between employers, non-profit organizations and America’s public workforce system that will help provide long-term unemployed individuals with the range of services, training, and access they need to fill middle and high-skill jobs. A solicitation for applications for these “ready to work” partnerships be available in February and awards will be made in mid-2014.
  36. 36. What Does All This Mean For Us?  Embracing the Entrepreneur, Innovator, Inventor, and Disruptor – THEY are your new partners in delivering skills and talent development  Engagement is NOT what YOU are doing – its what the eco-system is creating WITH you  Take a Job or Make A Job – the choices are exponentially powerful, life-changing, and relevant to the future of WIBs, Economic Development partners  Resource allocation of time, energies, monies is top of mind in determining your ROI – WHAT are your metrics, performance results?
  37. 37. Questions, Answers, Discussion and Next Steps Facilitated Session by Dan DeMaio Newton

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