ERIC Number: ED475699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce Training: Employed Worker Programs Focus on Business Needs, But Revised Performance Measures Could Improve Access for Some Workers. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) examined publicly supported training programs for employed workers, including low-wage workers. The GAO surveyed local workforce boards nationwide and received responses from 470 boards. Two-thirds of the responding boards provided assistance to train employed workers, including partnering with employers to develop training proposals and funding training. All 16 states contacted by GAO also funded training for employed workers. Although many types of training for employed workers were being funded, most funding went to occupational training to upgrade skills in areas such as learning new computer applications and basic skills training in areas such as English and math. Community or technical colleges were the institutions used most frequently to deliver such training. In targeting training specifically for low-wage workers, state and local officials addressed several challenges hindering individuals' and employers' participation in training. State and local officials also addressed some of the following personal issues that make it difficult for low-wage workers to participate in training: limited English and literacy skills, childcare, transportation, scheduling conflicts, and financial constraints. (Eleven tables/figures are included. The following items are appended: the study objectives, scope, and methodology; information from the workforce boards survey and state funding sources; and comments from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Employees, Employment Qualifications, Federal State Relationship, Financial Support, Government School Relationship, Job Performance, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Limited English Speaking, Low Income, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Performance Factors, Performance Technology, Postsecondary Education, Relevance (Education), Skill Development, State Action, Technical Institutes, Training, Training Methods, Training Objectives, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Unskilled Workers, Working Poor
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015. Web site: http://www.gao.gov (first copy free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount). For full text: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03353.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.