ERIC Number: ED241721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Developing and Testing of a Model for Manpower Assessment and Placement of Unemployed Workers.
Eash, Maurice J.; And Others
A model for assessing unemployed workers and providing useful information for counseling these workers for further training and retraining was developed and tested in Chicago with a sample of 25,000 subjects over a two-year period. The model, called the Manpower Assessment and Placement System (MAPS), was designed to give one-day turnaround time with a favorable cost/benefit ratio for large-scale processing of unemployed workers. An individual participating in the MAPS system was given two achievement tests (reading and mathematics), an interest inventory, and a personal history form that he/she used to provide information on previous work history, personal, and demographic data on their current status. Information generated by the tests and the interest inventory was entered into a computer; counselors used the personal history forms during interviews with the clients. Counselors used information received to refer clients to jobs or to 26-week training programs. The system reduced the cost for processing each client to about $50. The clients served by the MAPS system, based on a random sample of 425 clients, were heavily minority. About half were male; the average age was 27, and they scored an average reading level of 7.5 despite an average of 12 years of schooling. Although the MAPS system is one avenue for helping unemployed workers, an overhaul of national industrial policy is needed to provide more jobs, a task that cannot be accomplished through retraining. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 20-27, 1984).