ERIC Number: ED120483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Early Experience in Vouchering On-The-Job Training: A Report on Progress in the Portland Voucher Project.
Richardson, Ann; Sharp, Laure M.
The report describes the first few months of operation of an experimental Work Incentive Program (WIN) in Portland, Oregon to test the feasibility of the use of vouchers for on-the-job training (OJT). Voucher holders were required to decide on a training occupation, and then locate and negotiate for an employer to provide the training. WIN staff members served as information resources, wrote OJT contracts, and monitored vouchered training progress. The 265 vouchered clients did not differ markedly from the WIN clientele as a whole. Over several months the proportion taking vouchers dropped from 45% to 38% of those eligible. Fewer than a fourth of the vouchers were converted into OJT contracts. Voucher holders who were morehighly educated, younger, female, or voluntary WIN participants were relatively more successful in committing the voucher to an employer. Compared with regular OJT people, vouchered people held slightly higher level jobs, earned slightly higher wages, and trained for somewhat longer periods of time. Among the 166 people who were unable to commit their vouchers within the six weeks alloted, several went into regular OJT positions, some returned to school or were terminated from WIN, and many were on regular WIN job searches. (JR)
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Educational Programs, Educational Vouchers, Employment, Experimental Programs, Incentives, Motivation, On the Job Training, Participant Characteristics, Program Administration, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Technical Education, Trade and Industrial Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon (Portland)