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ERIC Number: ED444017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-89843-296-0
SEDLP Research Brief No. 1: Key Findings from the Baseline Survey of Participants. The Sectoral Employment Development Learning Project.
Zandniapour, Lily
Sectoral employment training programs attempt to provide disadvantaged people with good jobs that pay living wages and offer opportunities for advancement, using innovative approaches to employment training and interacting with industries to create systemic change in labor markets. The Sectoral Employment Development Learning Project (SEDLP) is a participatory learning assessment launched in April 1997, and expected to be completed in September 2002, intended to document and assess the practice and outcomes of six leading sectoral programs in urban areas across the United States. One component of the SEDLP is a longitudinal survey of 732 participants from these training programs. An initial baseline survey of these participants suggests that trainees are typically economically disadvantaged and face multiple barriers to employment. Some of the findings of that survey include the following: (1) 65 percent of program participants are women and 92 percent are members of minority ethnic or racial groups, many being immigrants with language barriers; (2) most clients are in their prime working years and average 34 years of age; (3) although at least one-third of the participants have participated in training before, previous training experiences have not translated into better and more stable jobs for them; (4) many participants have long but interrupted work histories; (5) 37 percent received food stamps or other food supplement programs; (6) 50 percent of program participants completed training; and (7) the programs placed 74 percent of the participants who were employed after the program, with hourly wages and hours per week work increasing by about one-third for workers who completed the programs and secured employment. (KC)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst., Washington, DC.