INFORMATION FOR PROFESSIONALS IN INDY'S WORKFORCE ECOSYSTEM
Ecosystem Enrichment, held on the fourth Thursday each month, is intended for career navigators, frontline staff, and other workforce development professionals to share best practices, learn new opportunities for clients, and provide a space for shared strategic direction of local workforce development. Browse the topics below for key takeaways and resources from previous Ecosystem Enrichment meetings.
October 2022: Support for Job Seekers with Mental Health Challenges
October's edition of Ecosystem Enrichment featured an in-depth presentation from Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana mental health in the workplace and best practices for serving clients who face mental health challenges.
September 2022: Writing Effective Case Notes + Voter Registration Info
How to use LMI to guide your Case Management/Coaching
In May's Ecosystem Enrichment session attendees got a chance to learn about Labor Market Information from Thomas P. Miller & Associates. Attendees were able to learn what LMI is and how it can be used to help jobseekers find a good fit for their needs.
With the use of case study's to better understand unique experiences help participants to identify how to obtain data and how to analyze data to draw conclusions about the Job Market.
Attendees also had the benefit of seeing visual boards to chart out the information information gather to not only relay it back to the jobseekers, but to also give links to support the information provided. Check out the links to the right to view the pdf of the presentation or to watch the video recording.
The Benefits Cliff and How it Impacts Jobseekers
Virtual attendees of April's Ecosystem Enrichment session heard a thorough and informative presentation from representatives from Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana on the “Benefits Cliff” and how we should be addressing this phenomenon with job seekers. Indiana specific data was used to frame the issue as well as keys to coaching for career navigators, including goal-setting, relationship building, client-centered approaches, and connecting clients to supports.
Attendees also had the benefit of hearing from EmployIndy about the Good Wages Initiative, which certifies, celebrates, and showcases Marion County employers committed to providing full-time employees both a wage of at least $18/hr and access to health insurance benefits. Employers can learn more about becoming “certified” or “committed” by visiting employindy.org/goodwages.
Employment Support for Individuals in Recovery
In March's edition of Ecosystem Enrichment, attendees had the privilege of hearing a presentation from the Indiana Recovery Network that focused on recovery resources and professionalism when working with clients and job seekers. Specifics topics addressed include types of recovery, pathways to recovery, certified peer professionals, building peer professionalism, resources specific to Central Indiana and more.
Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis on an overview of their available programming for clients and job seekers alike. You can use the links to the right to access a video recording of the session or view the PDF presentation.
The Role of Active Listening in Client Relationships
In January's edition of Ecosystem Enrichment, representatives from Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana shared best practices and insightful tools for “Effective Communication Through Active Listening”. With the aid of illustrations and group activities, participants had the opportunity to identify characteristics of active listening skills and their importance in serving clients.
During this session, participants also heard an organizational overview from Indy Reads, including data points around literacy in Marion County as well as ways to engage for both clients and volunteers.
Lastly, participants heard about a new Virtual Career Coach Training opportunity, in partnership with Rework America Alliance, offered virtually through EmployIndy's Learning Hub. Check out the presentation or video recording links to the right to see a recap of program details and instructions for accessing the courses.
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