ERIC Number: ED406558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Case Studies, Community Planning, Cooperative Planning, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Dislocated Workers, Economic Development, Local Issues, Occupational Mobility, Prevention, Private Sector, Program Effectiveness, Public Sector, Retraining, Structural Unemployment, Underemployment
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Policy Research Associates, Menlo Park, CA.; Berkeley Planning Associates, Oakland, CA.