ERIC Number: ED359427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-18
Reference Count: N/A
Multiple Employment Programs. National Employment Training Strategy Needed. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate.
Crawford, Clarence C.
There are currently more than 150 different federal programs providing some form of employment training assistance. The fragmented system of federal programs creates a variety of problems that hamper attempts to help workers obtain training and find jobs: duplication of services, lack of information on access, multiple administrative entities, and lack of an integrated client tracking system. To address the problems, some states have made efforts to reorganize their service delivery systems to better coordinate services at the local level. Their efforts are hampered, however, by differences in program requirements and reluctance of competing program staffs to share information with competing program staffs. In order to ameliorate the situation, local, state, and federal leaders need to work together to establish common goals for employment training programs and yet allow communities the flexibility to develop service delivery systems tailored to local needs. The proposed fiscal year 1994 appropriations include $150 million for "one-stop career centers"; such centers could be an important step toward a rational employment training strategy. It is critical that these centers work through existing programs rather than establish another program that competes with those that already exist. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Futures (of Society), Job Placement, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, State Programs
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.