ERIC Number: ED439275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
San Francisco Works: Toward an Employer-Led Approach to Welfare Reform and Workforce Development. Connections to Work.
San Francisco Works (SFWorks) is a collaborative welfare-to-work project conducted by a coalition of large San Francisco-area employers, the city's Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of the Bay Area. The project was piloted beginning in March 1998 by contracting with five community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide a comprehensive range of job training services. It was expected that the CBOs would build their own relationships with employers, but those relationships did not materialize in most cases. Of the 99 enrollees in the first phase, 51 were placed in jobs. In the second cycle of the project, SFWorks actively brokered relationships between businesses and training organizations. With one of the employers experiencing a sudden hiring freeze, the second phase of the project resulted in placement of 60 of 115 trainees. In May 1999, the third cycle of training and placement began, using the components that had worked well in the second phase. Some lessons learned by the project included the following: (1) private sector-led intermediaries that focus on employment of welfare recipients can succeed with a variety of employers; (2) private sector intermediaries can build relationships with employers by framing welfare-to-work efforts in business terms; (3) there is a crucial distinction between "business-backed" and "employer-led" initiatives; and (4) paid internships and mentoring are motivating factors for welfare-to-work participants. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment Programs, Institutional Cooperation, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 16 East 34 Street, New York, New York 10016. Tel: 212-532-3200.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco)