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ERIC Number: ED462553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Targeted Training: An Integrated Initiative.
Valvasori, Joe
The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) offers 12 targeted training programs that have successfully helped "hard-to-serve" clients return to the workforce. Compared with traditional training, targeted training has a much narrower focus and adapts quickly to industry trends to meet employers' changing demands. LEF's targeted training programs fall into the following general categories: industrial skills, early childhood assistant, and computer training. Since their inception, LEF's programs have developed and adapted in response to local employers' changing needs and feedback. In addition, LEF integrates self-marketing training through the targeted skills training courses. The self-marketing training is delivered through 4-day workshops that build on the "hard skills" developed in targeted training by focusing on the "soft skills" and motivation necessary for a successful job search. In 1998, LEF began an Ontario Works Demonstration during which 501 social assistance recipients were able to access LEF's assessment, counseling, skills training, and job search programs. Of the 501 participants, 363 (72%) received skills training and 138 (28%) were placed directly in the program's job search component. Within 2 years, 242 participants had moved into employment and 129 of the 158 training graduates moved into jobs that were directly related to their training and paid starting hourly wages of $6.85-$25. (MN)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada