A U.S. government program designed to showcase well-paying occupations in locally produced videos is nearing the deadline for entries, and officials are poised to start screening the submissions to select the top three videos from each of the “occupational categories.”
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) “America’s Job Seekers Challenge” is accepting “one-to-three minute videos focusing on the daily activities of one of 15 high-wage and in-demand occupations,” the DOL says in a written statement. The video challenge is intended to result in greater visibility for the selected occupations, and increase the number of workers who seek training and placement in those areas, according to the DOL. The creators of “the top video in each category will win $1,000,” the DOL says.
The competition is being run in four phases, and during the first phase—which ends Nov. 1, 2010—the general public can submit videos focused on one of the 15 occupational categories. Videos can be submitted to www.dolvideochallenge.ideascale.com. The 15 occupational categories are:
- - Biofuels processing technicians
- - Boilermakers
- - Carpenters
- - Computer support specialists
- - Energy auditors
- - Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers/testing adjusting and balancing (TAB) technicians
- - Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse
- - Medical assistants
- - Medical and clinical lab technicians including cytotechnologists
- - Medical records and health information technicians including medical billers and coders
- - Pipe fitters and steamfitters
- - Radiological technologists and technicians
- - Solar thermal installers and technicians
- - Weatherization installers and technicians
- - Wind turbine service technicians
Phase 2 of the competition is scheduled to run from Nov. 2, 2010 through Nov. 19, 2010 and during that phase the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration will screen and identify the top three videos in each occupational category. The videos will be posted online at www.dolvideochallenge.ideascale.com for public review.
Phase 3 is scheduled to run from Nov. 22, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010 and during that phase the public can comment on each video and make recommendations on the top career video in each category.
Phase 4 is scheduled to run from Jan. 3, 2011 to Jan. 14, 2011. During that period, the top career video in each category will be announced on different websites such as DOL.gov; DOLETA.gov; the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Workforce3One; and other websites.