ERIC Number: ED357174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Community Job Initiatives: Readiness, Training, Creation and Retention.
Shabecoff, Alice; And Others
Strategy Alert, n38 Win-Spr 1993
A community-based approach can excel at putting people back to work. The community-based strategy for helping people find and keep jobs needs to provide comprehensive and integrated services. Collaboration is likely to be the most practical means to round up those services. Community groups usually have a dual purpose in pursuing a jobs program: to help local people attain a decent standard of living and to help improve the community's economic stability. Strategies to achieve these goals include job search assistance, job training, job creation, job retention, and the financing tools to support those activities. The most effective job search assistance programs provide vocational training, literacy education, child care assistance, transportation, work or community experience, and case management. Job training programs succeed when they are linked with labor markets and provide an integrated array of assistance. New business ventures have the best chance of success if they are tied to market demand and have a strong job training element. Approaches to a conscious, deliberate strategy for saving jobs include early warning, employee buyouts, worker cooperative, retraining and job creation, eminent domain, and succession planning. (Case examples with contact information, a list of recommended readings, and an annotated list of resource organizations are provided for each strategy. Federal government employment and training programs are identified; contact information is provided.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Educational Finance, Employment Programs, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Human Resources, Job Development, Job Training, Program Development, Unemployment
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