ERIC Number: ED461756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Career Advancement for Welfare Recipients and Low-Wage Workers.
Issue Notes, v4 n12 Oct 2000
To help families leave public assistance and escape poverty, the public sector must invest in career advancement strategies that enable parents to access jobs with family-supporting wages, benefits, and opportunities for career advancement. Welfare time limits have made career advancement more important than ever. The following services promote career advancement for welfare recipients and low-wage workers: job placement and career planning; skill development through education and training; long-term employment and economic development strategies in specific sectors; and support services. The following are among recommendations for agencies selecting vendors or designing career advancement programs: (1) work closely with employers to identify jobs in demand; (2) focus on the quality of jobs and target firms with good jobs and opportunities for growth and advancement; (3) develop training curricula in terms of documentable competencies and skills; and (4) provide support services to help clients with family and employment-related needs. Partnerships are critical for career advancement initiatives. They can include public agencies, employers, unions, community and economic development agencies, training providers, and social support agencies. Research has identified program models and innovative practices that have proved successful in promoting good jobs and advancement among welfare recipients and the working poor. (Nine resource contacts and 22 references publications are listed.) (MN)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Planning, Counseling Services, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Financial Support, Guidelines, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Private Sector, Program Design, Promotion (Occupational), Public Policy, Public Sector, Skill Development, State Action, State Programs, Strategic Planning, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Working Poor
For full text: http://www.welfareinfo.org/issuenotecareeradvancement2.htm.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Welfare Information Network, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families