Eric B. Schnurer and Daniela Glick have some reasonable-enough sounding suggestions for reforming our federal jobs development program. Here are the highlights of their proposal:
- Create a more flexible, integrated, and comprehensive system.
- Integrate workforce-development initiatives into broader efforts to improve the economy.
- Focus on demand: what local employers need now and what they expect to need in the future.
- Broaden the system’s focus and client base.
- Connect education to workforce needs.
I’m pretty sure that institutional inertia will prevent any of those reforms from being implemented. We’ll just keep doing what we’ve been doing. Indeed, Congress is on the cusp of re-authorizing the existing job development program which is expensive, byzantine, a product of another age, and, not to put too fine a point on it, not working.
If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, getting the results you’ve been getting is actually the best case scenario.
Oh, well. I guess re-authorizing the program is better than what we’ve been doing for the last several years which is continuing to budget the old, expired program without re-authorizing it. Baby steps.