Be Career Ready

Overview

Signal Success is a comprehensive career readiness curriculum designed and tested by education and workforce development partners to help young people develop essential skills for future success in the workplace. Participants receive systematic instruction in softcore skills while engaging in meaningful career exploration and future planning.

Our Signal Success team works with clients to achieve targeted, measurable career-readiness outcomes through customized curriculum and assessment tools. Then, through our fee-for-service model, we provide customized course maps, resources, and assessment tools to meet the needs of participants. Participants of YouthWorks programming engage with Signal Success through self-paced modules and live delivery in partnership with program grantees.

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Signal Success is a comprehensive curriculum designed and tested by education and workforce development partners to help young people develop essential skills for future success. Students receive systematic instruction in core soft skills while engaging in meaningful future planning. Click here to read more.

This report describes the results of a pilot study designed to test the effectiveness of the career-readiness and career exploration curriculum, Signal Success, developed for teens at high school and community-based programs. The findings offer an opportunity to look at noncognitive learning in practice and explore the types of skills that may be most relevant to success in school and work.

This study examines the historically low teen employment rates and identifies employer perceptions of teens in the workplace. Signaling Success: Boosting Teen Employment Prospects was released at a Workforce Development in Practice series event on April 2, 2013 in Worcester.

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Over the past few years, Commonwealth Corporation has been studying the underlying causes of the decline in youth employment.  In 2013, we published two studies with the Center for Labor Markets & Policy at Drexel University: Signaling Success: Boosting Teen Employment Prospects and Building Blocks of Labor Market Success.
We are in the midst of a youth employment crisis.  Employment among teens in Massachusetts has dropped by nearly half since the late 1990s, from 54 percent in 1999 to just 27 percent in 2013. About half of today’s high school students have not had any job experience, leaving these young people at a significant disadvantage in the future.

Commonwealth Corporation is a quasi-public agency that was established in 1996 under the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. 


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