ERIC Number: ED474215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Older Workers: Employment Assistance Focuses on Subsidized Jobs and Job Search, But Revised Performance Measures Could Improve Access to Other Services. Report to the Ranking Minority Member, Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations, Committee on Education and the Workforce, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
A study determined the extent to which older workers are enrolled in federal employment and training programs, what services are provided, and how performance measures affect services. Data collections methods included surveys of officials in the 50 states and Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico on states' services through several major federal employment and training efforts; surveys of local workforce areas; telephone interviews with 10 national Senior Community Service Employment Program grantees; and visits to 5 states. Findings indicated about 12 percent of the 1.3 million older people who were not working and wanted a job were enrolled in these programs between July 2000 and June 2001. The majority of older people enrolled received subsidized jobs through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. About one-third participated in programs funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance. Most older workers enrolled in these programs received job search assistance, but some also received job training. Fewer providers served older workers through separate specially tailored programs, but some special services were still available to older workers. As a result of WIA's performance measures, employment and training providers were less likely to enroll some older workers in services such as training. (Appendixes include scope and methodology and some data.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Employment Programs, Enrollment Trends, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Job Applicants, Job Search Methods, Job Training, Older Adults, Older Workers, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Federal Aid, Supported Employment, Unemployment
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount). Web site: http://www.gao.gov. For full text: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03350.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998