Workforce preparation is an essential component of integrated education and training programs (IET), and it is also a valuable addition to any adult education course offering. As many classes and training programs transition to distance learning models, workforce preparation activities become increasingly important to support learners as they become more independent and self-directed in their learning.
Workforce preparation activities, as defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), refer to skills and competencies that are not only useful in the workplace, but are fundamental life skills that include critical thinking, digital skills, self-management, working with others, and understanding information and systems.
Workforce preparation is not solely about integrating occupational content into academic instruction; it involves adapting instructional practice to mimic workplace expectations, such as working in groups, solving problems, locating information, and using technology to learn and communicate.
This page will feature updated resources for instructional practices that facilitate workforce preparation, content and resources to support contextualization, and examples of innovative practice for delivering workforce preparation at a distance.
United States Department of Labor, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Attachment III, Key Terms and Definitions.