ERIC Number: ED316718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Public and Private Initiatives: The Road ahead for Hispanic Workers. Occasional Paper Series No. 2.
Romero, Fred E.
Demographic trends between now and 1993 indicate a window of opportunity for economically disadvantaged Hispanics. If basic and job-specific skills are delivered to those who need them, unemployment and underemployment among Hispanics can be eliminated during this time. Although the present system of job training and employment programs is inadequate for the task, information available from program evaluations indicates how the system can be improved to take advantage of the demographic projections. Some of this material demonstrates that (1) the training and education of Hispanics by other Hispanics is essential for success; (2) the provision of on-the-job and residential training brings the most returns; (3) intensive training of 6 months to 1 year is best; and (4) a standardized management information system is imperative for future improvements in services to Hispanics. A stronger Hispanic presence in both the legislative process and private sector training ventures is required to accomplish such improvements. Cohesion must be created in the nation's human resource system in order to maximize the investment of $210 billion in private funds and $3.6 billion in public funds. Flexible networks are a prerequisite to the effective communication of changing employer needs, the development of the training profession, and the improvement of training practices. Most important, such networks would provide Hispanics one of their best avenues into the world of productive employment. (Author/CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tomas Rivera Center, Claremont, CA.
Note: Keynote address presented at the Seminar on Providing Employment and Training Opportunities for Hispanics: Public and Private Initiatives (Austin, TX, December 1986).