ERIC Number: ED394035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-18
Reference Count: N/A
Employment Training. Successful Projects Share Common Strategy. Statement of Carlotta C. Joyner, Director, Education and Employment Issues, Health, Education, and Human Services Division. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations, Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, House of Representatives.
Joyner, Carlotta C.
The General Accounting Office examined six employment training programs that had previously been identified as being successful in helping economically disadvantaged adults. The primary objective of the study was to determine whether the programs shared any common practices/strategies that could be credited for the programs' high performance indicators (for example, three had placement rates above 90% and the other three placed at least two-thirds of program completers). The six projects, which were located in Colorado, Oregon, Florida, Nevada, Michigan, and New York City's East Harlem, differed in many respects, including their funding sources, skills training approaches, and client focus. It was discovered that, although the projects were different in many ways, all six shared a common strategy characterized by the following key features: (1) ensuring that clients are committed to training and getting a job; (2) removing barriers, such as a lack of child care, that might limit a client's employability skills, such as getting to a job regularly and on time, working well with others, and dressing and behaving appropriately; and (3) linking occupational skills training with the local labor market by assisting clients in their job search and working to develop jobs. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Vocational Education, Comparative Analysis, Economically Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Employment Potential, Job Skills, Job Training, National Surveys, Performance Factors, Program Effectiveness, Success
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.