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Workforce Estimating Conference Potential Not Realized; Barriers Can Be Addressed, Report No. 06-28, March 2006
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  • The Workforce Estimating Conference has the potential to use the employment demand forecast made by the Agency for Workforce Innovation to identify training program needs at all levels, but this potential has not been realized.  The conference narrows AWI’s forecasts to a statewide demand occupations list that only includes jobs that require two years or less of postsecondary training.  The accuracy of the statewide demand occupations list could be improved by examining how occupational demands are met.  The list also could be expanded to include jobs requiring baccalaureate or advanced degrees.
  • Two barriers exist to using the list to direct funding for baccalaureate and advanced degree programs.  First, there is a relatively lengthy time lag between estimating demand and producing graduates, which increases the likelihood that the projections will be inaccurate.  Second, many baccalaureate degrees lead to multiple occupations, which makes it difficult to accurately forecast demand for these graduates.  The Workforce Estimating Conference could address these barriers by setting high demand thresholds before placing occupations requiring baccalaureate or advanced degrees on the statewide demand occupations list and by listing occupations that can be filled with graduates of more than one baccalaureate degree program as one occupation.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Economic Opportunity
Career Education
Continuing Workforce Education
Education System
State University System
Workforce Services
Vocational Rehabilitation
Board of Governors
Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development
Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Adult Education and GED
School District Workforce Education
School District Certificate Programs
Postsecondary Career Training Programs
Community Colleges

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-35 Profile of Changes to Florida’s Public Career Education Program Offerings,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-34 School Districts and Florida College System Institutions Frequently Change Their Career Education Programs,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-26 Florida Should Not Use the Targeted Occupations Lists as the Sole Criteria to Fund Career Education Programs,published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 10-18 Public Career Education Programs Differ From Private Programs on Their Admission Requirements, Costs, Financial Aid Availability, and Student Outcomes,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 08-50 Workforce Estimating Conference Streamlined; University Funding Is Not Directly Tied to Workforce Demand, published in September 2008.
  • Report No. 04-68 Progress Report: Workforce System Still Needs Financial Self-Sufficiency Performance Standards, published in September 2004.
  • Report No. 04-42 Progress Report: Students Benefit from Workforce Education Programs, But Performance Can Be Improved, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 04-19 Information Brief:  Workforce Development System Overview, published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 03-10 Special Examination: Review of the Workforce Development System, published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 02-36 Program Review: Apprenticeship Program Is Beneficial, But Its Ability to Meet State Demands Is Limited, published in June 2002.
  • Report No. 02-33 Program Review: Adult General Education Performance Improves; However, Placement Rates Need Improvement and the State’s Residency Policy Needs Definition, published in June 2002.
  • Report No. 02-32 Justification Review: Workforce Development Education Program, published in May 2002.
  • Report No. 01-56 Program Review: Workforce Development Education Program, Florida Department of Education, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-30 Progress Report: Community College Budget Incentives and Interagency Articulation Improve, But Graduation Rates Still Inflated, published in June 2001.
  • Report No. 99-34 Review of the Workforce Development System, published in February 2000.
  • Report No. 98-07 Program Evaluation and Justification Review of the Supplemental Analysis: Community College Revenues and Expenditures, published in August 1998.
  • Report No. 97-49 Review of the Community College System's Performance-Based Program Budgeting Measures and Incentive Fund, published in February 1998.
  • Report No. 95-25 Review of Postsecondary Vocational Programs, published in January 1996.
  • Report No. 95-24 Employment Training Programs: Varied Purposes and Varied Performance, published in January 1996.
  • Report No. 95-16 Review of Enterprise Florida Jobs and Education Partnership, published in December 1995.
  • Report No. 98-06A Program Evaluation and Justification Review of the Florida's Community College System, published in August 1998.

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