ERIC Number: ED317676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Government-Provided Training Programs. Background Paper No. 9.
Barnow, Burt S.; Aron, Laudan Y.
This paper provides an overview of federally sponsored training programs. For the major programs identified, it discusses the level of federal support, the eligibility requirements for the program, the characteristics of the participants, and the types of training provided. An important issue for this study is the definition of training; the definition provided by the U.S. Department of Education for vocational education in the 1988 "Digest of Education Statistics" is used. This definition focuses on training as coursework for obtaining a vocational credential. Descriptions of activities that can be regarded as training but do not meet this core definition are included in the report in some instances, especially when they are provided along with vocational classroom training. The eight major federally funded training programs profiled include the following (funded under the Job Training Partnership Act): (1) Training Services for Economically Disadvantaged Youth and Adults; (2) the Summer Youth Employment and Training Program; (3) Employment and Training Assistance for Dislocated Workers; (4) the Native American Program; (5) the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program; (6) the Job Corps; (7) the Veterans Employment and Training Program; and (funded under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act) (8) vocational education. The paper concludes that (1) data on participants and services are very limited; (2) some overlap may be necessary to serve special target groups; (3) few participants receive occupational classroom training; and (4) few programs have formal links with employers to ensure that their labor needs are met. (11 references) (KC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Disadvantaged, Educational Practices, Eligibility, Employment Programs, Enrollment, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Job Training, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Public Policy, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC. Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984; Job Training Partnership Act 1982