ERIC Number: ED317798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Workplace Skills: Lessons from JTPA. A White Paper.
Strumpf, Lori; And Others
By the year 2000, most new entrants to the work force will be women, minorities, or immigrants who have not mastered the skills necessary for the entry-level jobs of the future--the ability to conceptualize, analyze, and communicate well. However, research has demonstrated that these people, who are at risk of chronic unemployment, do not perform well in traditional education because classroom lessons are not connected to the work world. Job training programs funded by the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) focus their services on such people, and the JTPA youth remediation programs are especially appropriate for preparing tomorrow's work force. Since 1986, criterion-referenced tests have been used to determine who is at risk because of work-related skill deficiencies; 6 states and 43 service delivery areas (SDAs) of JTPA have participated in the demonstration program. Currently, several SDAs are working on a workplace-related assessment and remediation design that uses three levels of employability: preemployable, nearly employable, or employable. JTPA clients are placed into one of these levels based on assessment results and then are provided with the specific services designed to meet the needs of that level. The result of the project will be the development of three or four workplace-related assessment systems from which SDAs across the country can choose based on the needs of their labor market. Recommendations were made to determine eligibility levels and functional skills based on the local job market. (An appendix provides information on the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, on which the assessment tools will be based.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, At Risk Persons, Basic Skills, Compliance (Legal), Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Functional Literacy, Job Skills, Job Training, Literacy Education, Skill Development, Vocational Evaluation
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Remediation Design, Washington, DC.