ERIC Number: ED438439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Building a Firm Foundation: Recommendations for New York City's Job Training System. P/PV Briefs.
Buck, Maria L.
This report describes the performance of New York City's Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) adult training providers. It discusses challenges currently faced by providers, and recommends strategies for improving the performance of the city's employment and training system, including those arising from the implementation of the Workforce Investment Act. Data for the evaluation of the providers were gathered through visits to, and records from, 53 training providers serving about 5,300 participants, and from 6 organizations running testing and placement centers serving another 8,000 participants. The evaluation found that, although many providers met their contractual standards, their performance varied widely, with placement rates ranging from 50 percent to more than 83 percent. Most contractors met their wage-placement goals. Challenges facing the programs include staff recruitment and burnout, communication between providers and New York City's Department of Employment, performance-based contracting, performance standards, collecting performance data, lack of development of training programs for new industries, and conflicts with other programs. Recommendations for program improvement included the following nine changes: (1) aligning local performance standards with national goals; (2) gathering timely information; (3) weeding out poor performers; (4) providing staff development; (5) creating a loan fund to meet short-term cash needs; (6) analyzing local labor market trends; (7) offering multiple points of entry; (8) expanding postplacement services; and (9) collaboration between these providers and one-stop operators. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Dislocated Workers, Employment Programs, Entry Workers, Federal Programs, Job Placement, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Reentry Workers
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York City Dept. of Employment, NY.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982