ERIC Number: ED436600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Working To Learn: Skills Development under "Work First." Working Ventures.
The past several years have seen basic changes in policies and programs concerning poverty, work, and workforce development. The essence of the changes is putting work first, and many states and localities are building "Work First" into welfare-to-work programs funded under Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and many are adopting Job Training Partnership Act funds to support the new policy. In implementing "work first" policies, it is necessary to look at and do something about the realities of the labor market. One of the most important of these is the need for skills that working does not teach. This report describes a number of programs that combine skills training and "Work First" employment. Three different models of "Work First" training and employment are described. In one, the hub organization provides the training, and others provide the "Work First" jobs. A second approach has the hub organization provide the jobs while others provide the training. In the third model, the hub organization provides both jobs and training. Whatever their organizational framework, all the programs described in this report rely on multisource funding strategies. Some of the principles common to the programs described are identified. Descriptions of seven "Work First" programs show how they operate, are funded, and who benefits from their operation. (SLD)
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Job Skills, Job Training, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Public Policy, Skill Development, State Legislation, State Programs, Urban Youth, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.