To help achieve Nevada’s goal of 55,000 students engaged in work-based learning opportunities by 2020, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation, supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and NGA Center for Best Practices, has launched LifeWorksNV.org, a work-based learning hub for in- and out-of-school youth and young adults statewide. Users can find internships, apprenticeships, on-the-job training and career and technical education (CTE) programs, as well as learn about in-demand occupations and skills. To make these opportunities possible, LifeWorks utilizes strategic partnerships between Nevada government agencies, K-12 public education, business and industry leaders, and the Nevada System of Higher Education. It is only through this collaboration that LifeWorks is able to promote relevant and effective career pathways for all Nevada students.
Our focus includes:
- Scaling registered apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning
- Validating industry-recognized credentials
- Assessing and guiding government workforce policies
- Designing career pathways, particularly through CTE
- Leveraging labor-market insights and data
LifeWorks aims to close the gap between what students learn in school and what they need for “middle-skills” jobs—those that require more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree.
For Nevada businesses, LifeWorks ensures that employers have the workforce they require to flourish in the economy of tomorrow. The lack of an educated workforce harms the state’s current economic outlook and workforce development efforts. Nevada is currently a “hot ticket” for business relocation and expansion especially in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, technologies/cybersecurity, automation and teaching and training.
The goal of LifeWorks is to inspire young people’s participation in planning for life beyond high school. Whether they are interested in a four-year college experience, graduating with an industry-recognized certificate or getting a head start on additional training programs, Nevada career seekers have several options to explore. Pathways through LifeWorks include earning a college- or career-ready diploma; obtaining the ACT National Career Readiness Certification; participating in work-based learning programs; studying in career and technical education programs; dual enrollment/dual credit courses; and apprenticeship programs.