Afterschool Workforce Development: Staffing Challeges
Why Workforce Development?
Staffing Challenge | Employers | Community Colleges | WIBs
PATHWAYS & Afterschool Corps | Peninsula & South Bay Initiative | LA Scholars | Las Guias | CalWIN
The Challenge of Afterschool Staffing
Imagine trying to fill 50,000 jobs in one year...
What if an industry larger than the size of the 120,000-person telecommunications industry one day announced
it would lose up to 40% of its workforce that year - and every year after? What if we knew this field had
no "out-sourcing" options? That, instead, it provided vital
local services throughout the state and was an essential
part of the fabric of every California community?
This is the magnitude of the challenge facing California's
afterschool and school-age child care industry. Every year, afterschool programs
lose up to two out of every five staff to turnover,
creating a constant pressure to recruit, hire, and
train new workers. This problem was exacerbated by
the growth of the afterschool field through Proposition
49 and the addition of 2,000 new afterschool programs (approximately 12,000 new jobs).
Who will staff these new programs? And why does this
challenge matter for California? CalSAC is working
to answer these questions.
Afterschool work is unique in several ways. The vast
majority of the jobs it offers are part-time during the school year, with a longer schedule
over the summer. Most positions are entry-level, with entry-level (though competitive) wages. Of the 137,000 afterschool jobs in California, only an estimated
30,000 offer the promise of advancement to full-time hours and a long-term career. Despite these hurdles, this turnover rate cannot go unaddressed. Afterschool programs
need staff stability in order to run quality programs for children and youth
and communities need afterschool programs so parents
can work knowing their children are in a safe and enriching
place after school.
In partnership with afterschool employers, local workforce
investment boards, and community colleges, CalSAC is
bringing the afterschool workforce challenge to light
and finding creative ways to secure a consistent, trained
pipeline of workers for the field. These workers, in
turn, receive excellent entry-level job opportunities that mesh well with post-secondary education schedules and provide an ideal
pathway into a job in education, social service, health,
business, and a number of other sectors that require
the human relations and job performance skills utilized
in the afterschool field.