The Detailed Work Activity (DWA) Common Language Project white paper
The labor market can be a very confusing place. Finding a job, and keeping a job can be a real challenge.
The national conversation is about job creation and getting people back to work, but how do job seekers
connect with the business community and how does business find the skilled workers they need?
In order for the economy to grow, every person in America must have a vested interest in a smooth functioning
and effective labor market. Business cannot function and grow without a skilled workforce, educational
intermediaries have a responsibility to prepare the citizenry for future labor market success, and individual
jobseekers need a way to communicate what they know to an employer in search of such skills. But what constitutes
a “skill”? Clearly a common language is a necessary prerequisite to effective worker preparation and labor exchange.
This white paper is intended to document the underlying philosophies of the Detailed Work Activity (DWA) Common Language
Project to create a universal skill transferability system. The document describes the various skills databases that
have been developed, the talent management context within which this initiative was originated, and the many potential
applications for the DWA data sets.
It is written to describe the administrative processes thus far undertaken in Texas to bring a universal skill
transferability system to fruition, and to stimulate further thinking about the role of skills in assessing the
relationship between worker capabilities and employer hiring requirements.
Softcover: 36 pages
Publisher: The Texas Workforce Commission
Product Dimensions: 10.875 x 8.25 x 0.25 inches
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