Enhanced Toolkit to Develop, Maintain, and Improve Career Pathways Systems

Posted 10/27/2016 5:02 PM by Angella Brown

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) is excited to release the Career Pathways Toolkit: An Enhanced Guide and Workbook for System Development. The new Toolkit will be especially helpful for State offices and partners working to implement a Unified Plan as well as staff members supporting State Workforce Development Boards.

DOLETA revised the Career Pathways Toolkit to align with the new vision, definition, and requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It also reflects major advancements and emerging promising practices in the field over the past five years.

Six key elements of Career Pathways 

The enhanced Toolkit features the Six Key Elements of Career Pathways. Each element now includes embedded – and writeable – worksheets to help State and local teams to use in develop career pathway systems.  Users can type directly into the worksheet fields and save and print as they go along.

Below is an example of the types of worksheets now included in the Toolkit.


Worksheet Title




 Build Cross-Agency Partnerships

1.1a Partner Contact Information

Organize partner contact information

1.1b Governance Structure

Consider how leadership team is represented across different state entities.

1.1c Identifying Assets of Team

Understanding critical assets and limitations of each partner.

1.1d Pre-Partnership Check-up

Guide the thinking about ways to assess the value, costs, and risks of creating partnerships.

1.1e Checklist for Existing Partnerships

Assess the health of existing partnerships on a periodic basis.

1.3a Matrix of Partner Roles & Responsibilities Worksheet

Define the roles and responsibilities of each partner.

1.4a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Template

Guide the development of topics, policies, and guidelines for inclusion in an MOU.

Under WIOA, which was signed into law in July 2014, States and localities collaborate with adult education, postsecondary education and other partners to establish career pathways systems to make it easier for all Americans to attain necessary skills and credentials to secure meaningful jobs in their regional economies. The Career Pathways Toolkit will help stakeholders develop more comprehensive and aligned? or integrated? systems for workforce development.

For more information on Career Pathways, visit https://careerpathways.workforcegps.org.

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