ERIC Number: ED331594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Into the Working World: Lessons from Research Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
New findings from a Rockefeller Foundation study spotlight the possible gains from fully integrated programs of education and employment. The findings are especially relevant to programs of basic education and employment developing under the Family Support Act. The integrated model focuses employment training on a specific job, relates basic skills training to that job, and tries to meet the precise needs of the local labor market. The model also pulls together support services for handling such everyday problems as child care. To boost motivation, the model tailors training plans to the individual. San Jose's Center for Employment Training, one of the four sites tested in the minority Female Single Parent experiment, used, and indeed developed, this design with remarkable results. When compared with other programs using more traditional designs, the integrated program yielded better jobs and higher wages for a higher proportion of participants. It led to a 27 percent increase in employment and 47 percent higher pay. The integrated program worked well for one of the most difficult groups to get into the work force: low-income single mothers. It produced large increases in employment for an amount comparable to what traditional programs spend for similarly disadvantaged enrollees. The model is described and principles for implementing integrated programs are discussed in this lavishly illustrated publication which contains 19 photographs, many of them full-page. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
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