Since the Great Recession in 2008, Public Consulting Group (PCG) has been partnering with clients to design and pioneer federally-funded, national-leading workforce development programs including:
- Healthcare, Biomanufacturing, Occupational & Technology Training (HBOTT) - $4M serving more than 27 businesses and 300+ workers
- Startup Quest - $12M entrepreneurship training program with nine Florida communities serving nearly 3000 Floridians
- STEM Ready - $10M paid work experience program serving three Florida communities to grow 600 jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math-driven occupations for unemployed Floridians
- Recognized in January 2019 with a US Department of Labor (USDOL) Innovation Award
With rising student debt and industry concern about available competitive talent, federal workforce policymakers have moved to investing in apprenticeship programs. PCG has partnered to execute.
Clark University and PCG partner to expand the use of apprenticeship programs in the technology sector. Together, Clark University and PCG will work with a national consortium of local workforce partners, higher education institutions, and businesses to accelerate apprenticeship program development. The program, called Tech Quest Apprenticeship (TQA), will train 4000 pre-apprentices, individuals who go through training necessary before becoming an apprentice in a formally recognized program. It will also match 1000 apprentices – predominantly from traditionally underrepresented communities – with employers seeking to establish a pipeline of qualified talent.
A Florida behavioral healthcare association, a California behavioral healthcare association, and PCG partner to expand the use of apprenticeship programs in the behavioral healthcare sector in Florida and California. The program will accelerate adoption of the apprenticeship model and will match 5000 apprentices – predominantly from traditionally underrepresented communities – with employers seeking to establish a stronger, more predictable pipeline of talent for the behavioral healthcare field.
As states move to adopt apprenticeships as a core workforce policy strategy, PCG collaborates with a state executive office to develop a framework to engage residents and better serve businesses to meet their jobs policy goals.
Leading the Field
PCG’s workforce programs are built on key principles for success:
- Grow opportunity by growing industry.
- Build flexible, scalable, and replicable solutions
- Engage community partners to braid resources and create opportunity for those in need
Through these principles, PCG and its apprenticeship partners have already been recognized as leaders in developing and deploying innovative and effective workforce development programs. PCG and partners are frequent presenters to USDOL policymakers and grantees. Since June 2020, PCG and Clark University have been invited to participate in the following DOL presentations:
- June 25: Braiding Funds: Yielding Greater Flexibility and Impact
- July 30: Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs: Virtual Apprenticeship Forum – Education & Workforce Development
- August 4: Options and Benefits: RAP and IRAP Apprenticeship Models
- August 26: Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs: Virtual Apprenticeship Forum – Large Corporations
- October 21: Supportive Services Best Practices Exchange