Each step on a career pathway is designed explicitly to prepare students for the next level of employment and education. Career pathways target jobs in industries that are important to local economies (Jenkins & Spence, 2006). As such, these programs should not be developed with a “one size fits all” approach. Pathways much be individually structured to accommodate the particular industry targeted. The requirements of employment and advancement in the target sector, and existing programs and resources for preparing workers for employment in those sectors should be considered. Please use AMTEC’s Career Pathway Tool Kit to help get you and your college started!
The Why and What of AMTEC’s Career Pathway Model
AMTEC’s Goal was to “Increase secondary to post secondary transition and from post secondary to employment to meet industry needs.” As a result AMTEC was tasked with designing an “Employer Driven Career Pathway Model.”
The model primary focus was one that supports the automotive manufacturing sector and other advanced manufacturing to offer a flexible career pathway to fit unique needs of students, employees, and employers to identify and prepare the current and future workforce. The AMTEC project commissioned a literature review that identified six promising practices of career pathway models:
- Employer Engagement
- Institutional and Instructional transformation
- Wrap around support services
- Continuous Improvement
Using this framework AMTEC engaged in a national case study of exemplary career pathway models, the combination of industries need for a pipeline of skilled workers to replace the aging workforce, and the results of the literature review and the identification of success factors identified within the exemplary pathway programs within our case study have resulted in this National AMTEC Career Pathway Model.