ERIC Number: ED413518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Washington State's Job Skills Program.
Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
The Job Skills Program (JSP) in Washington State provides job training customized to meet the needs of employers through partnerships of employers and training institutions. The JSP funds up to one-half the cost of training, with employers providing a match. Training can be provided for new employees, for upgrading employees receiving promotions, or for retraining to prevent job loss. During 1991-93, 36 projects were funded, involving 18 community and technical colleges and 105 companies throughout the state. A total of 4,238 participants were trained, 2,556 of them new employees. The program was evaluated based upon three sources of data: a Northwest Policy Center telephone survey of firms funded by JSP between July 1993 and June 1995; matches between program records and Employment Security Department wage data files; and JSP administrative records for July 1, 1991-June 30, 1995. The evaluation showed that, overall, employers were very satisfied with the program, which resulted in substantial increases in worker earnings. Employers reported improvements in productivity, job growth, employee retention, and employee training investments. Areas for improvement include promoting a closer relationship between educational institutions and employers, reducing paperwork, and clarifying potential employees' expectations at the beginning of the project. (Detailed evaluation information and program reports are included in appendixes.) (KC)
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Cooperative Programs, Dislocated Workers, Education Work Relationship, Employment Programs, Entry Workers, Institutional Cooperation, On the Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Retraining, School Business Relationship, State Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington