ERIC Number: ED312394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Working Capital: JTPA Investments for the 90's. A Report of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) Advisory Committee.
Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
A 38-member Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) advisory committee was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor to review the country's employment and training policy, especially as focused in the JTPA, and to make recommendations for improvement. The committee found that two interdependent problems face the United States: a widening gap between the skills of the work force and the changing requirements of the economy and an opportunity to offer gainful employment to all citizens, especially those who formerly were marginally employed or on welfare. It also found that JTPA has strengths that should be retained, such as the public-private partnership, the pivotal role of the states in JTPA management, and a local system accountable to the public. However, it also found areas in which the JTPA could be strengthened and proposed 28 recommendations to that end. Of these, seven major proposals were advanced, concerning (1) targeting programs more directly on disadvantaged persons with serious skills deficiencies; (2) individualizing services; (3) consolidating youth services and increasing funding; (4) redesigning outcome measures to reflect the goal of long-term economic self-sufficiency for participants; (5) relaxing program constraints to increase the responsiveness of the system, especially to clients with serious employment barriers; (6) improving staff training; and (7) creating public-private partnerships between JTPA and other resource programs. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982