ERIC Number: ED457400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-30
Reference Count: N/A
Individual Learning Account Pilot Initiative: A Learning Tool for the 21st Century. Report to the OPM Director.
President's Task Force on Federal Training Technology, Washington, DC.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) evaluated the feasibility of individual learning accounts (ILAs) as an approach to workforce development. Thirteen federal agencies volunteered to participate in the initiative. Together, they conducted a total of 17 pilot tests. Some pilot tests included all employees in the agency. Others targeted employees by specific occupations, grade levels, skill needs, and organization components. According to anecdotal feedback, employees and management considered ILAs a desirable approach to training and development. The pilot test demonstrated that ILAs are a feasible and practical approach to workforce development for the following reasons: (1) they are readily adaptable to the development needs of all employee grade and skill levels; (2) they can be targeted to meet specific competency gaps and workforce development needs; (3) they effectively use official time, employee time, dollars, or combinations thereof; and (4) they foster shared responsibility between organization and employee. It was recommended that ILAs be implemented governmentwide and supported through consultation and networking. (Appendixes constituting approximately two-thirds of this document contain the following items: OPM Federal ILA pilot initiative guidelines; a list of federal ILA pilot initiative coordinators; synopses of agencies' federal ILA pilots; and synopses of agencies' federal ILA pilots results.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Educational Finance, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Feasibility Studies, Federal Government, Financial Support, Government Employees, Guidelines, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Lifelong Learning, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Student Financial Aid, Technology Education
For full text: http://www.opm.gov/hrd/lead/ILA/ilarpt_3.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Personnel Management, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: President's Task Force on Federal Training Technology, Washington, DC.