Professional
Training

Our Training Approach

The Challenge
Few professional development opportunities are available for frontline workforce practitioners to refine and deepen their day-to-day abilities, build leadership skills, and enhance their overall effectiveness in serving low-income job seekers.

Our Solution
WPTI offers a wide range of in-person trainings, webinars, and learning groups. Our interactive sessions build upon recognized best practices across all aspect of workforce development. WPTI has developed professional development trainings on each of the bulleted topics in the areas below (and more!):

Job Seeker Preparation

  • Recruitment and retention
  • Assessment tools
  • Skills development
  • Resume and interview preparation
  • Job search strategies
  • Post-hire retention
  • Work Readiness
  • Resources for long-term self-sufficiency
  • Assisting high needs job seekers (people with criminal histories, opportunity youth, etc.)

The Labor Market

  • Forecasting with labor market information (LMI)
  • Employer prospecting plans
  • Effective marketing materials
  • Developing internship programs
  • Strategic employer relationships
  • Creating and expanding employment pipelines
  • Career pathways
  • Business Services

Program Operations

  • Classroom facilitation techniques
  • Skills for new middle managers
  • Leadership development
  • Implementing outcomes-based programming
  • Managing performance based contracts
  • Fund raising
  • Emerging workforce development policies

 

Types of Training

In-Person Training
Bringing together practitioners from a number of organizations, WPTI’s highly interactive in-person trainings are held in our state-of-the-art training center in Lower Manhattan. WPTI offers half-day, full-day and multi-day sessions depending on topic. In-person trainings are an excellent opportunity to step back from the daily demands of the office, connect with colleagues in the field, and build new skills to increase job performance.

Webinars
Open to practitioners from across the United States, WPTI’s webinars provide key skills and information overviews from the comfort of your office.

Learning groups
WPTI’s learning groups bring together small cohorts to practitioners for an intensive “deep dig” on a particular topic. Under the direction of an experienced facilitator, participants review best practices from around the country, share ideas, undertake collective projects, and create specific action plans to implement at their own organizations. Learning groups typically span four to six sessions across several months.