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ERIC Number: ED507767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: Results from a National Survey
Conway, Maureen; Gerber, Allison
Aspen Institute
This publication shares findings from a WSI-conducted survey of pre-apprenticeship programs in the construction trades. Based on responses from 260 programs nationwide, the report presents information about program size, services offered, populations served, funding sources, and successes and challenges in placing trainees in apprenticeships or jobs. The impetus for the project was a desire to explore the capacity of the workforce system to prepare individuals--particularly low-income and minority job seekers--for jobs in the construction industry. It is hoped that the report will contribute to discussions about the need for investment in skills training and about ways to ensure that apprenticeships and construction-related jobs are open to more low-income, minority and women candidates. Following an introduction, the paper begins with a brief overview of the survey strategy, the response, and summary statistics on characteristics of the respondent pool. Within this section is reported the number and types of organizations that responded to the survey. Following this is a description of the number and characteristics of participants with whom pre-apprenticeship programs report working. It then describes the range of service programs report providing, including both training and non-training services. Next is described the construction industry segments that respondents target and discuss respondents' budgets and funding sources. Finally, the paper ends with a brief set of conclusions and some notes regarding opportunities for further research. Appendix A presents a list of project advisers and individuals consulted. Appendix B lists related resources on the construction industry. (Contains 21 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst., Washington, DC.