ERIC Number: ED384761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Skills, Standards and Entry-Level Work. Elements of a Strategy for Youth Employability Development. Research and Evaluation Report Series.
MacAllum, Keith; Ma, Patricia
Can public policy devise effective strategies that seek to capitalize on the educational and developmental potential of private-sector entry-level jobs? What is the feasibility of using the secondary labor market in a formal way to promote skill development in youth? Can youth develop useful and transferable skills in these jobs? How can these skills be assessed, documented, and certified? To determine the answers to these policy questions, the following methods were used: an extensive review of existing research studies, position papers, and policy documents; interviews with private-sector employers and labor market, policy, and academic analysts; and first-hand observations of beginning school-to-work transition initiatives. The review and analysis led to four major policy recommendations: (1) the work side of the school-to-work transition should be more energetically pursued; (2) opportunities to leverage naturally occurring work experiences that facilitate adolescents' personal and career development should be identified and exploited; (3) efforts to develop and recognize a full range of workplace certification techniques should be expanded; and (4) a wider range of attainable work-learning opportunities should be made available for disadvantaged youth. (The report contains 173 references and two appendixes: (1) a framework for a proposed school-to-work demonstration and (2) information on the work of the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.