Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210


JTPA/Capacity Bldg.




May 23, 1995





for Regional Management
SUBJECT : Capacity Building: Availability of the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee's (NOICC) Capacity Building Products and Services

  1. Purpose. To transmit information on the availability of staff capacity building products and services provided by the NOICC.

  2. References. Training and Employment Information Notice No. 17-92, Availability of State Training Inventory.

  3. Background. The NOICC is an inter-agency organization that coordinates the development, dissemination, and use of occupational information by the Departments of Labor and Education. The NOICC funds and works in concert with fifty-six State Occupational Information Coordinating Committees (SOICCs) to provide career development tools, updated occupational information and in-service training for employment and training professionals and educators at the State and local level.

    The Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) was amended in 1992 to include capacity building and technical assistance, information dissemination and replication activities as priorities at the National, State and local levels.

    The purpose of capacity building (as outlined in Section 453 of the Act) is to enhance the effectiveness of and strengthen the caliber of services provided through programs authorized under JTPA and other Federal, State, and local employment and training programs. As the employment and training system is called upon to respond to new job training initiatives, there will be an increase in capacity-building efforts and technical assistance needs. NOICC is an important player in capacity building efforts.

    NOICC resources and services are useful in building the capacity of employment and training professionals. Below are descriptions of various resources and products developed by NOICC:

  4. Occupational Information. The NOICC-SOICC Network disseminates a relatively large range of occupational information useful to employment and training program managers, vocational educators, as well as youth and adults who are in need of career guidance. Products are available that identify areas of occupational growth and decline, and provide career assessments, information for individual career planning, and updated listings of vocational training available to youth and adults within a State or county. Many of these products and services are available through the Labor Market Information units of the State Employment Security Agencies or through SOICC staff. The NOICC-SOICC Network has also created a data base framework to assist States in aggregating and organizing occupational and labor market information resources. Descriptions of some of the more frequently used NOICC products follow:

    1. Occupational Information Systems (OIS) - The OIS is a computer-based occupational information data base that combines labor market and educational data for employment and training administrators, vocational educators, planners, operators and instructors. The system can identify both occupations that are in demand and growth industries where openings in specific occupations either exist or are projected. The many State OIS's can also identify State and local licensing that may be required as well as training that is available to prepare individuals for the skills in particular occupations. OIS software and related technical assistance is available in most States and is a powerful planning tool for JTPA State Job Training Coordinating Councils and Service Delivery Areas (SDAs). A new version of the OIS has been developed by the NOICC/SOICC Network and should be operational in many States by the summer or fall of 1995.

    2. Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS) - CIDS are computerized programs that provide self assessment, career exploration and a wealth of occupational and educational information about locally available career and training opportunities. Using a personal computer, users can access career information such as a description of the duties common to specific occupations, earning levels, working conditions, employment outlook in a State, licensing and certification requirements. The system also contains information about the availability of training in postsecondary and job training programs as well as school admissions policies and financial aid programs. CIDS are available through SOICCs in most States and territories. Although CIDS are most frequently used by educational systems, they are valuable tools for use as part of the assessment process and in developing individual service strategies for participants entering employment and training programs. Increasingly, CIDS are being used in employment service offices and in other human resource development programs. They may be particularly helpful as the employment and training system moves into a One-Stop environment.

      In addition to occupational information, CIDS can help a person relate their interests, aptitudes and educational goals with compatible job and career possibilities. The specific information contained in the system varies by State, but some States may include current job listings from the Job Service as well as information about resume preparation and successful interview techniques.

    3. Occupational and Labor Market Information Database (OLMID) - The OLMID was recently developed to provide a more coordinated approach to the maintenance and delivery of occupational and labor market information. Through OLMID, planners and administrators as well as educators and employment and training professionals will have access to a more comprehensive mix of labor market information. Typically, information such as occupational and employment characteristics, shifting patterns among local industries and the availability of training opportunities within a State will be readily available through OLMID. OLMID is intended to be maintained by a database manager at the State level where it can become the central depository of all information that may be pertinent to current labor market dynamics and occupational requirements within the State. Implementation of the OLMID will support information delivery in the One-Stop Initiative.

    4. State Training Inventory (STI) - In 1992, the NOICC distributed the STI to every SOICC. This computerized database system allowed States and local users to identify training programs and providers by selected geographic areas.

  5. Capacity Building In-Service Training. Through the Career Development Training Program, the NOICC-SOICC Network offers train-the-trainer instruction designed to improve the skills of practicing counselors, job placement personnel and other practitioners who advise and assist adults and youth who are in the process of making career decisions. These in-service training programs include:

    1. The Improved Career Decision Making Program (ICDM) - The ICDM training was originally developed as a collaborative effort between NOICC and the Employment and Training Administration. The training is designed to help employment and training practitioners and educators who work with either youth or adults. Generally, ICDM increases a person's knowledge and use of labor market information in career counseling. Participants in this training receive information in new trends and demographics of the American labor market and learn to use career information tools such as CIDS.

    2. Workforce In Transition (WIT) - WIT training provides skills to professionals and paraprofessionals who deliver services in career development, job search readiness and placement to dislocated workers. WIT workshops provide participants with a knowledge of the needs and issues of dislocated workers, basic counseling and coaching skills, assessment methods, and appropriate program design and implementation strategies. WIT training is especially beneficial to career and employment counselors, job search trainers and placement personnel.

    3. Employee Career Development Program (ECD) - For those persons wishing to delve more deeply into the career development process as it applies, in particular, to employed or dislocated adults, there is also an ECD program. That program -- which can require up to three days, but is organized into free-standing modules which can be taught separately -- emphasizes the needs of adults in the workplace. Persons attending this training learn how to organize and conduct career development workshops for employees and unemployed workers. ECD workshops focus on orienting clients to career development, the selection and use of assessment instruments, linking the individual and exploration, decision making theories and strategies, goal setting and the development of an action plan.

    4. Career Development Facilitator Training (CDFT) - A new, introductory curriculum designed to provide employment and training practitioners with basic career counseling skills is presently being pilot tested at six universities. In this training, students are introduced to practical subject matter that includes a survey of career counseling theories and applications, career assessment and case management processes, approaches recommended in counseling various special populations, and use of labor market information and various career exploration and counseling tools. CDFT is 120 clock hours in length and will be offered by collegiate institutions where students can receive certification and/or academic accreditation.

    5. Occupation Information For JTPA Planning - A casebook on using occupational information entitled, Unlocking the Power of Occupational Information, is available to assist JTPA staff in program planning. Some SOICCs also offer formal support training in using the State OIS. A National training program on the OIS will be available by the summer of 1996 as well.

  6. Action Required. State JTPA Liaisons are encouraged to work with their SOICC Directors (see attached list) to alert SDAs and other JTPA entities of the availability of the services and products available through the NOICC.

  7. Inquiries. For further information about the various products produced by the NOICC-SOICC Network, or regarding the availability of training, contact Burt Carlson or Jim Rude at the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee on 202-653-5671.

  8. Attachment. State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee Address List.


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