ERIC Number: ED320008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
State Strategies To Train a Competitive Workforce: The Emerging Role of State-Funded Job Training Programs.
Ganzglass, Evelyn; Heidkamp, Maria
State and local governments have been in the front lines of dealing with the adverse effects of recent economic change. States have embarked on a dual approach to economic adjustment. First, they have established programs that respond to economic change and cushion its deleterious effects on communities and individuals. Second, they have attempted to anticipate and prepare for the massive dislocations that are taking place in the economy. State training programs have been key elements of both strategies. Most of the training programs have been job specific and company specific. Historically, state job-specific training programs have been heavily directed at influencing the locational decisions of firms. Today, as a result of changing demographics and economic conditions, some states have also begun directing their state job training programs inward as a job retention strategy. Following an introductory section and a section on training for expansion, modernization, and retention, this paper briefly describes the job-specific training programs in 17 states. Information is drawn from interviews with state officials, a meeting on "State Strategies for Training a Competitive Workforce," and a 50-state survey on state industry-specific training programs conducted in 1986. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Policy Research.