Where WorkLab and the Model are Making News

Sustainable Workforce Model launches in Omaha following successful pilot program

Posted on May 1, 2019

We're thrilled to announce the launch of a new Sustainable Workforce Model program, expanding access to Resource Navigators in Omaha, Nebraska. The Greater Omaha WorkLab (GrOW) is now offering our unique model of frontline worker support to Omaha-area employers looking to support, engage, and retain their employees.The program is launching within the Greater Omaha Chamber with a three-year grant from Lozier Corporation.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, community development, workforce development, good jobs

Read More

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, community development, workforce development, good jobs

Employers develop common job app

Posted on April 26, 2019

Grand Rapids Business Journal


A local employee support organization and four employers have teamed to help job seekers save one of their most precious commodities: time.

Four West Michigan employers — Butterball Farms and Wolverine Coil Spring in Grand Rapids, Cascade Engineering in Cascade Township and Zeeland Lumber & Supply based in Zeeland — have created a common employment application by which job seekers can apply for open positions at any of the four employers.

Topics: barriers to employment, employers, workforce equality, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, economic opportunity

Read More

Topics: barriers to employment, employers, workforce equality, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, economic opportunity

WorkLab 2018—Our Year In Numbers

Posted on March 19, 2019

In 2018, WorkLab expanded its network of members operating the Sustainable Workforce Model to 10 cities across the US. 60,000 workers can now access a Resource Navigator. Navigators help employees address work and life challenges to stay present and productive at work.

Topics: scaling the Model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Read More

Topics: scaling the Model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Expert Research Group Gains Insight on the Employer's Take on Workforce Support at The SOURCE

Posted on October 25, 2018

The 2016 election led many of us to consider the challenges facing working class people in America, and the ways that they are being left behind in a growing economy. Aiming to find answers to some of these difficult questions, Opportunity America, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Brookings Institution convened a bipartisan working group of scholars and policy experts.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Read More

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Second Cohort of WorkLab Members Launches with Learnings from Cohort One

Posted on October 4, 2018

This week’s gathering in Detroit, Michigan, epitomized the aim of the WorkLab Network: One year after launching their programs in the Sustainable Workforce Model, the first cohort of network members convened to share their discoveries, innovations and moments of failing forward with WorkLab’s newest members.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, innovative workplace benefits, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

Read More

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, innovative workplace benefits, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

Program Helps Adult Workers Achieve Living Wage Jobs and Family Stability

Posted on September 13, 2018

Rapid Growth Media

Many hard-working Michiganders struggle to pay the rent, feed their families, and put gas in the car. According to the MIT Living Wage Calculator for Michigan, two adults with two children each need to earn $15.37 to make ends meet. Many Michigan jobs pay little more than the $9.25 minimum wage.

In Grand Rapids, the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT), Mercy Health, and The SOURCE are partnering in WMCAT’s Workforce Development program to launch adults into careers that provide a living wage, opportunity for advancement, and the means to create a stable family environment.

Topics: impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

Read More

Topics: impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

Harvard Kennedy Researcher Recommends Pilot of Sustainable Workforce Model in San Francisco

Posted on August 17, 2018

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) helps thousands of San Francisco residents train for in-demand work and connect with employment opportunities. However, the low retention rate among these workers has been an ongoing challenge for the agency. A researcher and Master in Public Policy candidate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cassandra Agbayani, conducted a policy analysis for OEWD to explore why retention is so difficult to promote and what promising strategies could be replicated in San Francisco.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Read More

Topics: sustainable workforce model, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Partners Reap Results with Career Training Model

Posted on July 13, 2018

Grand Rapids Business Journal

A career-training program founded in 2006 quietly has been building a network of partners and services to meet two needs—workforce development and income security for underemployed and unemployed adults. Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) started its adult career-training program in 2006, a year after the nonprofit was formed.

Topics: community development, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, career training

Read More

Topics: community development, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, career training

Meet the Aspen Job Quality Fellows

Posted on April 25, 2018
In communities across the country, there are leaders innovating to address the challenge of job quality. To support these innovations and encourage more, the Aspen Institute  Economic Opportunities Program created a  Job Quality Fellowship that brings together innovators from differing lines of focus who are engaged in work that expands the availability of better quality jobs in our economy.

Topics: WorkLab leadership, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Read More

Topics: WorkLab leadership, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

WorkLab Innovations Welcomes New Members Implementing the Sustainable Workforce Model

Posted on December 14, 2017

Founding members of WorkLab Innovations welcomed the first cohort of four new members to its unique network of workforce development organizations and employers who are ready to lead, learn, and share best practices for implementing the Sustainable Workforce Model approach to their programs.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

Read More

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs