ELL Workforce Navigator Resources

ELL Workforce Navigator Resources

Navigators | Access & Engagement | Partnerships | Alignment | Career Pathways | Outcomes & Evidence







Recordings of webinars developed by ALLIES for grantees of the ELL Workforce Navigator program. Webinars hosted by California Workforce Association (CWA).


April 12, 2018              Program Design, Partnerships and Employer Engagement (Building Skills Partnership)
May 23, 2018              Understanding Philanthropy and Sharing Your Work with Funders (GCIR)
July 11, 2018               Developing and Using Co-Enrollment DataOctober 16, 2018        Data Collection as a Partnership




Tools and resources that can help you plan for and implement a navigator model, or recruit and train navigators.  
Tool / ResourceDescriptionApplication to ELL Workforce Navigator
Skill Up Washington – Guide and Tools for Navigators

Describes the functions and foundational principles of a Navigator position developed for the Skill Up Washington program.The Guide offers eight examples of tools the Skill Up Navigators use. Especially useful are:

‘Early Alert Tool’ assesses immediate need to be addressed
“Life Domain Tool” assesses needs in areas like housing, transportation, financial management, childcare and other domains.
“Career Development Tool”: begins with an interest inventory, but tracks through to employment and exit from the program
Navigator Job Description Sample job description from San Jose Evergreen Community College District.Can be adapted to fit your recruiting needs.
Navigator Job Description Sample job description from Reading and BeyondCan be adapted to fit your recruiting needs.
Navigator Job Description Sample job description from Campbell Adult and Community Education (CACE)Can be adapted to fit your recruiting needs
College Connection Intensive Transition Program Navigator Manual A hands-on navigator training manual developed for Accelerating Opportunity
by National College Transition Network
at World Education, IN
Description of core navigator functions, core navigator skills and knowledge, how to build networks of support, list of intake interview questions
From Crisis to Thriving A Comprehensive Framework for Assessing Personal and Family Development Adapted for Immigrants and Refugees Allows programs to assess the socio-economic conditions of the immigrants and refugees who lead complex lives.

It can help identify barriers to success in a number of domains, including shelter, health and safety, and social emotional state. It includes indicators for strengths and weaknesses related to language and literacy, including bi-literacy, and immigration status and resettlement.

Access & Engagement 

Outreach to ELL populations, assessment, enrollment, referrals and cultural competence.
Tool / ResourceDescriptionApplication to ELL Workforce Navigator
Navigating through Language and Cultural Barriers
Resources from a recent Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs-sponsored webinar and discussion among community-based organizations sharing best practices of working with clients with language and cultural barriers.Policies and procedures for cultural competence.
Racial Equity ToolkitFrom the Government Alliance on Race and Equity - An assessment of an organizationÕs readiness to operationalize practices to reduce racism and promote equity.Provides a framework for consideration of racial equity in decisions, including policies, practices, programs, and budgets.
Jobs and Race: Adressing Race and Cultural Competence in the Jobs InitiativeThis report describes how the Jobs Initiative (a workforce development initiative implemented by the Annie E. Casey Foundation) addressed the complex subject of jobs and race.Basic skills and language training (p21)
Sustainability, integrating cultural competence at every point along the workforce development continuum (p 36)
Engaging low-income communities of color (p37)
Building and Sustaining Community Collaborations for Refugee WelcomeWelcoming America Toolkit describing strategies to engage receiving communities in refugee welcome.


Partnerships are central to the ELL Workforce Navigator Pilot. This section provides resources related to identifying partners (I.e., Title II, CBOs), models of engagement/participation (e.g., sector strategy, range of options needed to support target populations), wraparound services and building networks
Tool / ResourceDescriptionApplication to ELL Workforce Navigator
ALLIES Immigrant Integration Framework
The Immigrant Integration Framework considers English language acquisition and workforce development in the larger context of immigratn integration. It provides an innovative way to identify, implement and measure the critical factors for successful immigrant integrationThe framework overview (page 16) and the goal maps (pages 17-41) can help you identify support services for your clients. The measures of progress for each of the goal areas provide an initial set of metrics.
Serving English Language Learner Populations Using Best Practices and Model Partnerships
California Workforce Development Board policy brief focusing on individuals with barriers to employment, including those who are English Language Learners (ELL)Intended to provide Local Workforce Development Boards and their local and regional planning partners with useful information on best practices and model partnerships to consider as they implement the policy objectives of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan.


Information on leveraging resources, structuring and managing shared undertakings (MOUs, committees, etc) and networks.
Tool / ResourceDescriptionApplication to ELL Workforce Navigator
Integrating SNAP E&T into Career Pathway Systems to Boost OutcomesSNAP to Skill policy brief that explores how SNAP E&T can be incorporated into existing career pathways systems to get better results for participants.List of most efficient use of SNAP E&T funds to build on existing career pathways work (p 6-8)
CWDB Policy Brief: Building Career Pathways for CALWORKs Participants Using Best Practices and Model PartnershipsCWDB Policy Brief providing information and guidance on:
1) Background on efforts and opportunities to align welfare and workforce systems
2) Concrete information about partnerships designed to build Career Pathways specifically geared toward CALWORKs participants
3) Links to additional resources
Effective examples of Career Pathways programs that serve TANF participants (p 9-15)

Career Pathways

Tool / ResourceDescriptionApplication to ELL Workforce Navigator
CLASP California Career Pathways - Building Strong Systems
Career pathways can benefit Californians seeking employment skills—including high school students, workers of any age in low-income jobs, people receiving public assistance, immigrants, or others.
This tool is for career pathways builders. It has information on current statewide initiatives, presented in the context of pathways systems. Knitting together a set of key elements can infuse quality, add effectiveness, and boost the sustainability of any career pathway.
Bridges to Careers for Low-Skilled Adults A Program Development Guide by Women Employed, Chicago Jobs Council and UIC Great Cities InstituteInformation about bridge programming for low-skilled adults, including a section on career pathways vocational training for non-native English speakers (p96-97).
English Learners for Work and Career Pathways
This issue brief is a part of the LINCS ESL Pro suite of resources on Preparing
English Learners for Work and Career Pathways. The purpose of this issue brief
is to provide teachers and administrators with practical ideas and present a
broad overview of considerations for connecting ELA to career pathways.
Hands-on program design recommendations to address specific learner needs of ELL adults (p5-7)
What Works for Adult LearnersLessons from rigorous career pathway evaluation studies for policy, practice, and future research
Of particular interest: findings and recommendations on Pathway Entry (p22), Integrated Training (p27) and Career Progression (p32).
Healthcare Learning Consortium: Recognizing and Rewarding the Role of Entry-level Healthcare WorkersReport on Skill Up Washington's Healthcare Learning Consortium project, aimed at supporting the job retention and career advancement efforts of entry-level healthcare workers with low basic skills.Incumbent workers, digital literacy and basic skills development

Outcomes and Evidence

Metrics, data sharing, tracking progress, evaluation and lessons learned.