Southern Illinois University-Carbondale WED
Department of Workforce Education & Development
Read professional literature about linkages, networks, and evaluation models.
Visit a workforce/vocational preparation center: community college,
workforce/vocational training, employee security office, and high school
workforce/vocational or co-op program.
Identify governmental policies that affect workforce/vocational development
Interview or observe persons in linkage/network position.
Obtain and read rules for partnerships, articulation agreements.
Obtain and review formal agreements between education and business for the
purpose of workforce/vocational training.
Create individualized learning plan through internship linkage.
What is linkage?
Dictionary definition: A connection or relationship; an association
Organizations come together for different reasons and in various ways. You are
familiar with the terms partnerships, joint ventures, and license agreements. Each
relationship has its own constraints for moneys paid and services rendered. Linkages
are formal, contractual relationships between employers and training providers that exist
for the purpose of providing job-specific training to a targeted group of employees. This
is a way to propose the training or retraining of the workforce/vocational, support the
future economic growth of the community, and to provide employers competent workers
in specific occupations (Carnevale, 1992).
Linkage, coalition, partnership, and alliance are can words that can sometimes
be used interchangeably. The word linkage used in this course is defined as a
relationship whereby both parties can benefit and prosper through cooperative activities.
"Compact" is another term used and is actually a broad agreement between a school
system, higher education, parent groups, cultural organizations, and the