ERIC Number: ED470374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Rebuilding Job Training from the Ground Up: Workforce System Reform After 9/11.
Fischer, David Jason; Kleiman, Neil Scott
Since September 11, 2001, New York City (NYC) has lost over 130,000 jobs, unemployment in the boroughs is around 9% and unemployment benefits have run out for many. NYC has long neglected workforce development, viewing it as a social service to distribute federal funds and train entry workers for dead-end jobs. To create a workforce system from the current uncoordinated fragments, NYC officials need to: (1) use federal Workforce Investment Act funds in a timely and productive manner; (2) link training activities to business needs; (3) coordinate the efforts of the over 150 nonprofits, community colleges, private universities, unions and for-profit trainers currently providing training; and (4) align programs to make formal postsecondary education the end goal for job seekers in order to prepare them to advance. Specific recommendations in the two areas of involving employers and coordinating workforce planning include: appoint top business leaders to the Workforce Investment Board; transfer responsibility for the Department of Employment to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; support sector strategies; make all roads lead towards education; form a group to address operational, interagency, and funding issues; build on existing investing and infrastructure to establish additional one-stop centers; connect Workforce Investment Act and Temporary Assistance for Need Families reforms; and devote more attention and expertise to youth employment. (CG)
Descriptors: Career Centers, Career Development, City Government, City Officials, Contract Training, Dislocated Workers, Employment Potential, Employment Services, Federal Aid, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Promotion (Occupational), Public Agencies, Public Policy, Systems Approach, Unemployment, Urban Improvement, Urban Programs, Welfare Reform
For full text: http://www.citylimits.org/images_pdfs/pdfs/workforce.v6.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center for an Urban Future, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998