ERIC Number: ED308387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Polaroid/Inner City, Inc. A Summary of Graduate Characteristics and Job Retention 1984-1986.
Inner City, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaroid Corporation, in Roxbury, Massachusetts, that has provided job training for the past 20 years to Boston's unemployed, underemployed, and disadvantaged residents, with entry into meaningful employment. Training occurs within the framework of an actual manufacturing environment so that the trainees can gain an understanding of the real work world while having access to a variety of educational and support services. Approximately 100 trainees are placed in permanent jobs each year. In order to determine graduate characteristics and job retention rates, a questionnaire was sent to the placement sites of 338 Inner City graduates of 1984-1986, with a response of 79 percent from personnel representatives. Other data were supplied by Inner City, Inc. records. Among the findings of the study were that the median age of graduates was 25, the median time spent at Inner City was 6 months, and nearly all graduates were minorities (93 percent black). The study also found that the percentage of students placed in high technology firms has decreased sharply over the 3 years under study. Average wages have gone up from about $5 to about $6 an hour. Most employers reported that graduates were above-average performers. Those employed more than 1 year at the same company were more likely to be women, to be older, to have been placed in 1984 rather than 1985 or 1986, and to have been in the Inner City program a longer time. Although causes and effects could not be linked in the study, the data pointed to positive outcomes of the training program. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Employment Programs, Entry Workers, Graduate Surveys, Job Performance, Job Placement, Job Training, Labor Turnover, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Student Characteristics, Technical Education, Unemployment
Polaroid/Inner City, Inc., 716 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02120 ($2.50; each additional copy $1.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Polaroid/Inner City, Inc., Roxbury, MA.