Job Training That Works: Findings From the Sectoral Employment Impact Study

Job Training That Works: Findings From the Sectoral Employment Impact Study

Well-implemented sector-focused job-training programs can result in significant gains in employment and earnings for disadvantaged low-income workers, a new report from Public/Private Ventures argues. Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the report, Job Training That Works: Findings From the Sectoral Employment Impact Study (12 pages, PDF), examined the impact of three programs — the Jewish Vocational Service, Per Scholas, and the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership — on participants' total earnings, likelihood of employment, hours worked, hourly wages, and access to benefits and found that by working closely with specific industries and employers as well as providing integrated skills development and individualized services, the programs were able to achieve substantial gains. The reports' authors also recommend investing in flexible, sectoral job training; streamlining funding; and measuring and rewarding longer-term program outcomes.