ERIC Number: ED423384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Working Close to Home. WIRE-Net's Hire Locally Program. Workforce Development Report to the Field. Field Report Series.
Ma, Patricia; Proscio, Tony
In 1986, three neighborhood development organizations in Cleveland, Ohio, created the Westside Industrial Retention Network (WIRE-Net) to retain manufacturing jobs on the city's West Side. In 1989, WIRE-Net launched its Hire Locally program, which was designed to provide local business with candidates judged to be effective workers and help low-income people obtain entry-level operator and laborer jobs in the manufacturing sector. Hire Locally offers the following services to all interested local residents: a 2- or 4-hour orientation workshop covering employability skills, job search techniques, and job retention skills; individual assessment interviews and support services; job matching and referrals; and a 160-hour Basic Skills in Manufacturing course designed by WIRE-Net member companies and Hire Locally staff. Roughly two-thirds of applicants complete the workshops. To date, 39 people have completed the training program. Hire Locally has managed to place a diverse cross-section of residents in manufacturing jobs. Although Hire Locally's success rate in placing applicants in jobs has been estimated at 35%, its actual "success" rate is closer to 76% when participants' self-placements into jobs are counted. WIRE-Net is beginning to work with area high schools and colleges to develop the more advanced training. (MN)
Descriptors: Community Development, Cooperative Planning, Education Work Relationship, Employment Programs, Job Development, Job Placement, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Manufacturing Industry, Nonprofit Organizations, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Urban Areas, Urban Education, Vocational Education
Public/Private Ventures, One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 900, Philadelphia, PA 19103 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cleveland Foundation, OH.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cleveland)