ERIC Number: ED485906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Good Jobs And Careers: What Communities Need to do to Train and Move Low-Income, Low-Skilled People into Good Jobs and Careers
Annie E. Casey Foundation
In the early 1990s, the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) recognized the importance of addressing economic opportunity as a key component of a larger set of strategies needed to create family economic success for low-income families. Joblessness and lack of family sustaining income have devastating consequences, not only for families, but also for communities as a whole. Improving child outcomes clearly requires increasing the employment and earnings opportunities of low-skilled, low-income adults. To address that challenge, the Casey Foundation embarked on the Jobs Initiative (JI), an eight-year effort in six cities to connect inner-city young men and women to family-supporting jobs in the regional economy and to improve the way urban labor market systems work for low-income, low-skilled workers. The work of the Jobs Initiative has resulted in a number of key findings, and the attached wheel and examples reflect the foundation's "take" on the key components necessary to implement a large-scale and successful workforce initiative. Communities must develop strategies based upon data about employer needs, the regional economy, and the skill levels of its job seekers and incumbent workers. These assessments will guide a community in implementing the workforce strategies described in the attached material. This document is intended as a guide to the development and implementation of work force development.
Descriptors: Economic Opportunities, Low Income Groups, Relevance (Education), Job Skills, Job Training, Urban Areas, Labor Force Development
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-547-6600; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site: http://www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.