ERIC Number: ED315177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Training Older Adults for New Careers.
In this paper, the discussion concerns the trainig of older adults for work as child caregivers. Four questions are addressed: (1) Why is child care a work option for the older worker? (2) What is the target population of older persons interested in preparing for this field of work? (3) How can adult learner characteristics be integrated into a training program that prepares older persons for employment in child care? (4) What are the outcomes of a training program that prepares older persons for employment in child care? The training program discussed is a training model designed for low-income older persons that provides 90 hours of course work followed by subsidized 3-month, on-the-job training and subsequent placement as an unsubsidized child care aide. Outcomes of the training program were favorable. During the 10 weeks of training in each of six program cycles, there was 95 percent attendance. Of the 78 persons enrolled, 73 completed the training, received their certification, and attended graduation. Of the 73, a total of 47 continued to work in the child care field. (RH)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Guidelines, Intergenerational Programs, Models, Older Adults, Older Workers, Postsecondary Education, Training
University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh, 811 William Pitt Union, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (Publication No. 05-89-535, $1.30).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Center for Social and Urban Research.
Note: For related document, see PS 018 571. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society on Aging (Washington, DC, March 1989).