ERIC Number: ED189319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Shortchanged and Slighted: An Assessment of the Department of Labor's National Response to Women's Employment and Training Needs.
Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc., Washington, DC.
This paper examines the administration of funds under Title III of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act by the Department of Labor (DOL) with respect to women workers. (Title III funds are discretionary funds administered by DOL's Employment and Training Administration, Division of National Programs (DNP), to provide additional services to special segments of the population, in this case, women.) Six specific DNP-administered programs are examined: Apprenticeship Outreach, Journeyman Outreach Training, National On-the-Job Training, Promotion and Development, Operational Support to Community-Based Organizations, and Program for Selected Population Segments. The analysis indicates "a serious lack of commitment to the employment needs of women at a national level." Major conclusions of the report are that DNP (1) appears to have no formal, comprehensive affirmative action policy regarding women for existing contracts; (2) has funded only a few employment programs designated specifically for women; (3) has not significantly reduced the barriers restricting women's access to well paid skilled jobs, and (4) has best served women by the successful placement of women in skilled jobs and apprenticeships with high earning potential. The DOL is urged to bring its policies and practices into conformity with the reality that women now make up a very large portion of its constituency. (MEK)
Descriptors: Employed Women, Employment Level, Employment Problems, Employment Programs, Employment Statistics, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Federal Programs, Females, National Programs, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Underemployment
Wider Opportunities for Women, 1511 K St., N.W., Suite 345, Washington, DC 20005 (Single copies free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act