ERIC Number: ED329656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep-5
Reference Count: N/A
The Challenge of Quality. JTPA Issues.
JTPA Issues, v20-90 Sep 5 1990
Achieving good quality in Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) training is hampered by the lack of a common definition of quality. Five ideas have been consistent in definitions: targeting programs; long-term, in-depth training; basic education; work skills training; and supportive services and guidance. A definition must include suggestions on how to achieve good quality. One report provides a chart that outlines components in these areas within a high-quality training process: client selection and matching, job relevant instruction, job placement process, and employment outcomes. Another piece of the quality argument regards specific changes to improve JTPA through targeting; proper contracting and procurement; funding only of training activities; strengthened federal monitoring; the establishment of a National Training Institute; oversight of on-the-job-training; and program accreditation and staff credentialing. The challenge of high quality means steps must be taken to lay the groundwork for changes, including developing a process of change; making a realistic assessment; identifying JTPA strengths; and communicating with the state and Department of Labor. (The final section is a directors' dialog. Three directors answer questions relating to how quality is defined in their service delivery areas; how that definition was developed; how good quality is being achieved; the future direction of JTPA; and examples of high quality.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Counties, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982