Best Practices in Labor Market Assessment

Establish long-term relationships with potential employers. This is time and labor intensive, but one of the most important components of sustainable job training programs. As employers are identified, take the steps below.

  • Bring them into the training process as participants in training.
  • Ask them to serve on advisory boards.
  • Ask them to provide curriculum guidance.
  • Document your meetings.
  • Start and/or expand an employer contact file. This will be used later when placing graduates in jobs.
  • Ask them to consider Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (JT) graduates for available jobs. Document in writing if possible.

Below are some examples of employers who look for JT graduates with environmental remediation skills and certifications.

  • Local unions
  • Local government organizations
  • Manpower and temp firms
  • Consultants—remediation and service providers
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Chemical and refining facilities
  • Municipal facilities and utilities
  • Painting companies
  • Construction and deconstruction companies
  • Transportation and material handling operations
  • Scrap, recycling, storage, and landfill operations

Use yellow pages and search engines to identify potential employers including labor unions, consultants, service providers, and large manufacturing firms. Seek out temp and manpower organizations for possible interest in environmental technicians. Contact local municipal agencies regarding possible stakeholder interest. This effort will be useful in establishing a responsive curriculum.

The labor market assessment (LMA) results not only guide the training program, but also may be used:

  • To promote business and industry ownership in the JT program.
  • To assure employers that graduates meet their job criteria and performance standards.
  • As a public relations tool to show effectiveness of the business/JT program partnership.
  • To provide a source of workers for First Hire and Project Labor Agreements, when applicable.

Grantees of EPA’s JT program identified best practices for sustainable employment in the following areas:

  • Conduct an LMA.
  • Hire someone to conduct the LMA and present information to committees.
  • Form an advisory board with local employers (e.g., engineering firms).
  • Recruit advisory board members who may hire your graduates.
  • Have signed agreements with employers to hire graduates.
  • Partner with employment agencies.
  • Partner with workforce development agencies.
  • Contact and involve appropriate federal agencies (e.g., labor, commerce) in assessment projects.
  • Involve the mayor’s office.
  • Develop an information network.
  • Involve just-in-time staffing operations.
  • Form alliances with organized labor.
  • Tie in Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) funding with new technology.

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