ERIC Number: ED419907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
What's Next after Work First. Workforce Development Report to the Field. Field Report Series.
Elliott, Mark; Spangler, Don; Yorkievitz, Kathy
The impact of 1996 federal welfare reform legislation on state work force development programs was examined through a study of work force development programs and policies in 13 states: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. The study focused on the following: employer involvement (building on traditional employer engagement strategies and developing new strategies); redesign of education and training programs; and postemployment support services (support for inexperienced workers on the job; access to affordable high-quality child care; efforts to address the lack of transportation). It was concluded that, although moving people into the labor force quickly may indeed be the best first step in moving them out of poverty, rapid movement of welfare into the work force is not likely to achieve the more important work force development goals of enabling people to keep their jobs and leave poverty behind. Two programmatic elements--genuinely meeting employers' needs and having a clear impact on poverty alleviation--were deemed key to keeping former welfare recipients in the work force. (Nineteen successful work force development programs are listed along with their addresses and a contact person for each program.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Policy, Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Poverty, Program Implementation, Public Policy, Recruitment, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Welfare Reform
Public/Private Ventures, One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 900, Philadelphia, PA 19103 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.