This Jobs for the Future brief details the Opportunity Works initiative, which funded seven community-based organizations across the country to develop education and training programs for youth who are disconnected from school and work. Halfway through the three-year grant period the organizations already had learned several lessons, such as the importance of helping youth see why they need careers, allowing enough time for youth to build rapport with their coaches, and creating partnerships with colleges to help youth complete postsecondary education.
The Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) in New York City was recently evaluated; this report from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation presents implementation and early impact results from the evaluation. The YAIP program serves youth between ages 16 and 24 who are disconnected from school and work and offers support services and a temporary paid internship. The early outcomes indicate that program participation did increase the likelihood of employment and higher earnings for these youth, compared to participants in the control group, during the year after random assignment.
This issue brief from MDRC highlights key findings about job training programs that lead to success with various populations, including youth and dislocated workers. Of particular importance are programs with employer engagement and programs that are career-focused, both of which have been shown to be effective when implemented correctly. The brief shares recent innovations in career training as well as lessons learned from successful programs.
Abt Associates and Mathematica Policy Research conducted this evaluation on four U.S. Department of Labor job training programs in health care and green occupations. Two of the job training programs focused on health care occupations in Minnesota and Texas, and the other two focused on green industries in Michigan and California. The researchers used a random assignment design to examine the impact of job training on participants’ service receipt, educational attainment, employment, income, and benefits receipt.
This report from Jobs for the Future provides an overview of the Competency-Based Education (CBE) landscape, and examines academic and personal barriers that underprepared adult learners face and how adapted CBE programs can help students overcome them. The report reviews key issues in designing effective CBE programs and recommends potential CBE program design elements.
Fact / Tip Sheet
These fact sheets from the Migration Policy Institute focus on the ways WIOA can play a critical role in supporting the upward mobility of the foreign born in the U.S. workforce. With a focus on the 20 states and 25 counties (plus New York City) that have the largest immigrant populations, the fact sheets cover key characteristics of foreign-born and native-born residents and provide information relevant to understanding needs for adult education and workforce training services.
Webinar / Webcast
Millions of Americans face chronic unemployment, even when the economy is strong. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) gives communities the opportunity to change that, but doing so takes deliberate effort. This Heartland Alliance sponsored webinar featured advocacy organizations, philanthropic institutions, and community-based service providers who are working to ensure that WIOA state and local planning takes into account the needs of the workforce and the interests of individuals facing barriers to employment. The webinar was held on March 3, 2016.
On December 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Region 2 hosted the How Can ETA Assist Our Grantees in Serving Disconnected Youth under WIOA? Discovery Session. The session involved state workforce leaders, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) representatives, and leaders from youth-serving workforce programs and nonprofit organizations within ETA Region 2. ETA designed the session to assist in identifying technical assistance needs of workforce programs in ETA Region 2.
This purpose of this paper, from MDRC, was to conduct a scan of the current state of the evidence regarding what works in helping disconnected young people. To develop the paper, MDRC conducted a literature review and reviews of websites to learn about current policy trends and evaluations in process. To supplement lessons from written materials, MDRC interviewed practitioners in the field.
These webinars from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) provided information to practitioners about implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and helping low-income families achieve more economic success. Topics included expanding opportunities for low-income out-of-school youth, developing pathways out of poverty through transitional jobs, and advancing career pathways.