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ERIC Number: ED406558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 203
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Responses to Defense Cutbacks: The Worker Mobility Approach. Research and Evaluation Report Series 97-D.
Social Policy Research Associates, Menlo Park, CA.; Berkeley Planning Associates, Oakland, CA.
Of the 19 projects conducted as part of the Defense Conversion Adjustment (DCA) Demonstration administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Work-Based Learning, 8 tested the worker mobility approach. The projects, which shared the common goal of helping dislocated defense workers find high-quality jobs, tested one or more of the following strategies: service to increase employability, training for specific occupations, and support for new business start-ups or "spinoffs." Projects provided one or more of the following: basic readjustment services; support services; and training in general, specific occupational, and/or entrepreneurial skills. Among the factors identified as critical to the effectiveness of the worker mobility approach were the following: setting realistic project goals/objectives grounded in known labor market conditions; building on existing services; working with organizations outside the employment and training community; forecasting target populations accurately; adjusting outreach strategies to changing conditions; improving/enhancing traditional job training; developing new models for basic readjustment services; providing support services; matching services with local labor market realities; identifying emerging occupations and growth areas/future labor needs in conjunction with regional economic planning; and using linkages with existing businesses to help entrepreneurs. (Appendixes constituting approximately 50% of this document contain profiles of the eight projects testing the occupational mobility approach and fact sheets for five additional DCA projects.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Policy Research Associates, Menlo Park, CA.; Berkeley Planning Associates, Oakland, CA.