ERIC Number: ED407489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Making a Move: Next Steps for Women. A Follow-up Study of Women Onto Work Students.
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)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Counseling, Career Education, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Females, Followup Studies, Foreign Countries, Job Search Methods, Job Skills, Outcomes of Education, Unemployment, Womens Education, Work Experience Programs
Women Onto Work, 137 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh EH8 9NE, Scotland (10 pounds).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edinburgh Univ. (Scotland). Centre for Educational Sociology.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)