ERIC Number: ED343012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
"I'm Not a Quitter!" Job Training and Basic Education for Women Textile Workers.
Merrifield, Juliet; And Others
A case study was done on the effects of training programs sponsored by the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) on 835 women textile workers dislocated by a plant closing in Blount County, Tennessee. Data were gathered by former workers through structured interviews with 100 women typical by age (about 45-years-old) and length of service (14-16 years) in the plant. About half of the women in the sample enrolled in JTPA training programs or the high school equivalency program. Most of the programs were of short duration. The study found that the women who took the additional training thought they had more options for finding jobs; however, there were no significant differences in employment status at the time of the interview 20 months after the plant closing between those who had enrolled in training and those who had not. Although job training did open up new fields, a substantial number of the women ended up back in manufacturing, most at lower wages than they had been paid before. Nevertheless, a majority of the women who had gone through job training said they would do it again. Twelve recommendations were made, among them that JTPA should plan training based on the local job market, that the program should make individual counseling available, that training programs should be longer, and that low-cost health insurance and income maintenance should be offered to allow dislocated workers more time to train. (KC)
Descriptors: Dislocated Workers, Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Females, High School Equivalency Programs, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Retraining, Wages
Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee, 2046 Terrace Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3400 ($10.00 plus $1.50 shipping).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Center for Literacy Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982