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ERIC Number: ED407489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 83
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Making a Move: Next Steps for Women. A Follow-up Study of Women Onto Work Students.
Howieson, Cathy
A 4-year longitudinal study assessed the longer-term outcomes for students of Women Onto Work (WOW) courses aimed at unemployed Scottish women from Wester Hailes, Craigmillar, and Pilton/Muirhouse and unemployed women with disabilities from minority ethnic groups from Edinburgh (Scotland). The research covered 4-year groups of students who were in WOW between 1990 and 1994. Two groups were contacted 1 year after their WOW course and the other two groups were contacted approximately 1-2 years after the course. All students were sent a postal questionnaire; a one-in-five sample was interviewed. The average response rate was 67 percent (n=114 women); 25 women were interviewed. Results indicated that approximately 1 year after their WOW course, 30% of former students were in paid employment, mainly part time; 31% were in education or training. Forty-five percent were in paid employment at the 2-year stage, and 19% were in education or training. Eighty-four percent of students were positive about the value of their WOW course to them one year later, with 90% of students positive at the 2-year stage. For most, the fundamental benefit of WOW was that it helped to raise their confidence and self-esteem. It had also helped by providing specific information about educational and job opportunities, practical job-seeking skills, and work placement. (Six case studies and two follow-up questionnaires are appended.) (YLB)
Women Onto Work, 137 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh EH8 9NE, Scotland (10 pounds).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edinburgh Univ. (Scotland). Centre for Educational Sociology.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)