ERIC Number: ED443985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Working Out of Poverty: Employment Retention and Career Advancement for Welfare Recipients.
Brown, Rebecca; Ganzglass, Evelyn; Golonka, Susan; Hyland, Jill; Simon, Martin
This report explores promising welfare-to-work programs and practices of states and localities as they balance supply- with demand-side strategies to help welfare recipients and low-wage workers work their way out of poverty while meeting employers' needs for reliable workers. Chapter 2 describes the new environment created by changes in the welfare system and the labor market that poses challenges for low-skill workers as they struggle to work their way out of poverty. The work patterns of women on welfare are explored in the context of these changes. Chapter 3 looks at the issue of job retention from the perspectives of welfare recipients and employers and identifies lessons learned from a range of model programs. Improving access to and information about support services and federal and state earned income tax credits is discussed. Chapter 4 explores how states and localities are promoting career advancement opportunities to help welfare recipients make the transition from entry-level jobs to higher paying jobs. Chapter 5 focuses on the special needs of welfare recipients with significant personal and family challenges. It explores different approaches to help these hard-to-place individuals develop the skills to move toward unsubsidized employment and reviews experiences of enterprises that have successfully created employment opportunities for them. (Contains 87 endnotes and a 67-item bibliography.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Ladders, Economically Disadvantaged, Employed Women, Employers, Employment Patterns, Employment Programs, Entry Workers, Federal Programs, Job Performance, Job Skills, Job Training, Poverty, State Programs, Vocational Education, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
For full text: http://www.nga.org/Welfare/EmploymentRetention.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Employment and Social Services Policy Studies Div.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Earned Income Tax Credit