Skill Standards and Assessments Sub-Committee
of the New York State Workforce Investment Board
March 20, 2003
First meeting of new sub-committee
2 agenda items:
Meeting was a 3 hour interactive discussion with committee members Paul Cole, Greg Moreland, Greg Parker, Ed Aspinall, Gary Duesberg, Yue Yee, and Doug Reamer.
Three major purposes were identified:
Draft Mission Statement
“The State Workforce Investment Board and its committees will promote and advance the creation and enhancement of a skill standards system (standards, assessments, credentials) in New York State that will be targeted by four tracks including entry-level, sector, industry, and employer-specific.
The State Workforce Investment Board will also identify existing career ladders and help to develop new career ladders with the long-term purpose of linking career ladders to the skill standards system of workplace standards, assessments, and credentials. “
Framing the need – Why are we doing this?
To identify “what work required” and to inform all levels of public and private education regarding “what work demands”, and to lay the foundation now that allows us to maintain and enhance our global leadership in the development, recruitment, and retention of a highly skilled workforce.
In addition, efforts will be made to serve three distinct audiences together and individually, including employers, current and emerging workers, and education and training providers.
Framing the need – How are we meeting the real needs as expressed by employers?
Strategies for Moving Forward
The committee will pursue a dual strategy. The first strategy involves not just waiting while the national committee moves forward with its skill validation survey and finalizing other tools and processes, but also working with existing business associations and others to create a “buzz” – understanding and enthusiasm – regarding the use of an employer-validated worker readiness credential.
The second strategy involves working with the national committee to achieve a final product, then engaging local boards and education and training providers in understanding how to work with employers to develop a statewide, integrated system of skill standards.
The Committee also expressed interest in learning more about other national and state efforts regarding career transcripts and web-based community-wide training information systems.