ERIC Number: ED486163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
The Right Jobs: Identifying Career Advancement Opportunities for Low-Skilled Workers. A Guide for Public and Private Sector Workforce Development Practitioners. Advancement for Low-Wage Workers
Goldberger, Susan; Lessell, Newell; Biswas, Radha Roy
Jobs for the Future
The Right Jobs provides workforce policymakers and directors of workforce development programs with a structured approach to: (1) Identifying the most promising employment opportunities within reach of low-skill workers; (2) Determining the postsecondary training and career preparation routes that will yield results for their clients; and (3) Making the case for investment to public and private funders. Jobs for the Future undertook the research for this guide because of concerns on the part of practitioners and policymakers that, with changes in the global economy, few good jobs outside of health care are accessible to low-skill workers. This guide is the product of their efforts to identify the best career advancement opportunities for low-skilled workers. JFF's research reveals opportunities in a wide range of industries and occupations, including transportation, construction, customer service, automotive repair, and information technology. Career advancement programs that prepare low-skill workers to take advantage of these opportunities can help them rise from entry-level employment to career-track jobs that pay middle-class wages. But to achieve those kinds of outcomes, practitioners must go far beyond the traditional "job first" approach. Instead, they must design and develop programs strategically, giving careful thought to what makes a particular occupation a suitable goal for low-skill job seekers and to the kinds of assistance those job seekers will need to succeed. In evaluating opportunities for low-skill workers, JFF assessed a number of factors--from labor market projections to larger economic forces and trends, from barriers to gaining the necessary skills and credentials to local hiring practices. Appended are: (1) Selected Resources for Secondary Research; (2) List of Interviews; and (3) Commercial Drivers of Heavy Vehicles Career Maps. (Contains 23 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Credentials, Job Applicants, Information Technology, Labor Market, Labor Force Development, Unskilled Workers, Employment Opportunities, Private Sector
Jobs for the Future, 88 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02110. Tel: 617-728-4446; Web site: http://www.jff.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.