ERIC Number: ED485908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
The Road to Good Employment Retention. Three Successful Programs from the Jobs Initiative
Fischer, David Jason
Annie E. Casey Foundation
It's a truism of the workforce field that getting a job is much easier than keeping one. The advantages of retention are fairly straightforward to both job seekers and employers: for workers, staying on the job leads to greater opportunities for wage gains and promotions at work as well as increased overall stability in their lives, while employers enjoy the benefits of reduced employee turnover and related expenses. In a 2003 report on Jobs Initiative projects, Abt Associates found that to best promote long-term retention, advancement, and economic self-sufficiency, "workforce development programs should do everything possible to provide a full range of training (job readiness, soft skills, and hard skills) and supportive services for their clients." These three projects represent steps along a continuum of approaches toward those goals; each is intended to meet program participants at different levels of employability through a different combination of strategies. Putting it simply, retention isn't easy. Particularly when many participants come to their new jobs with little work history and outside "barriers" like childcare problems or substance abuse history, there's a lot that can go wrong. The programs in this report vary in many respects, but they share a commitment both to preparing jobseekers for the culture of the workplace, and identifying and addressing those "life issues" that can interfere with sustained employment even if everything on the job is fine.
Descriptors: Employment Programs, Job Training, Job Applicants, Labor Turnover, Case Studies, Labor Force Development, Job Skills, Mentors
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.