ERIC Number: ED466616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce Training Results: An Evaluation of Washington State's Workforce Development System, 2000.
Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
The third biennial outcome evaluation of the state of Washington's workforce development system analyzed the results of nine of the state's largest workforce development programs plus employer-provided training for participants who left programs from July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998. For reporting results, the nine programs were grouped into three training program clusters based on participant characteristics (programs serving adults, programs serving adults with barriers to employment, and programs serving youth). Programs were evaluated in terms of seven desired outcomes (competencies, employment, earnings, productivity, reduced poverty, customer satisfaction, and return on investment), using data from program records of 65,000 persons who left one of the programs during the year studied, mailed survey responses from 4,000 employers, telephone survey responses from 6,791 former participants, and computer matches with employment records and postsecondary education enrollment data. Results were reported in terms of each of the outcomes for each of the program clusters. In general, the following areas of strength were found: participant satisfaction was high; the majority of participants receiving skills training reported improvement; support services met the needs of those receiving them; and employment rates, wages, and earnings were higher than those found in the last evaluation. Areas of weakness identified and targeted for improvement included the following: employer satisfaction, information about job openings and career counseling, child care services provision, gender differences in wages, and training provided by employers. (The surveys used to capture the study data and a detailed analysis are included in the report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Programs, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment, Employment Programs, Federal Programs, Females, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Males, Minority Groups, Outcomes of Education, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Questionnaires, Salary Wage Differentials, Secondary Education, Social Services, State Programs, Telephone Surveys, Wages, Youth Programs
Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, 128, 10th Avenue SW, P.O. Box 43105, Olympia, WA 98504-3105. Tel: 360-753-5662; Fax: 360-586-5862; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/. For full text: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/wtr2000.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington