To The Editor:
Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) invites guests to the New York Times building for a breakfast event about results from a survey of over 180 front line workforce development staff. This staff is often overlooked in the nonprofit arena, but the services they provide are key to helping thousands of NYC jobseekers find gainful employment and a pathway out of poverty. The survey of front line staff and additional interviews/focus groups with their managers were conducted by WPTI with the assistance of the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), and the results are outlined in a report entitled Deep in the Trenches that will ignite an important conversation about implications for the future of the workforce development field and set the stage for WPTI’s new strategic direction. Highlights of what will be discussed include surprising demographic information about front line staff and insights about retention, professional development, and performance measures.
Sharon Sewell-Fairman, newly installed executive director at WPTI, will join Amy Landesman (formerly of WPTI) and James Parrot of FPI in a conversation facilitated by Sheila Maguire (formerly of Public/ Private Ventures) regarding the findings and recommendations from the report. The recommendations are geared towards creating the essential supports for professional development, retention and advancement, and performance management in the workforce development field.
Founded in 2004, WPTI (www.workfo
The Fiscal Policy Institute (www.fiscal
Aaron J. Barnes
Research Intern, Workforce Professionals Training Institute 646-278-5687
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