Ths report presents the issues, trends and challenges related to connecting poor families to jobs. It includes overviews of sector-based employment strategies, forging new partnerships with employers to improve job training and ways to help families keep jobs and move up career leaders. The guide places special emphasis on reaching harder-to-employ residents through community-based efforts, community service jobs and driver’s license recovery.
Good jobs that pay good wages strengthen both families and their communities
Findings & Stats
A Starting Point
Recruiting and placing low-income workers in a job is not the end of the workforce development effort, but the beginning.
Worker assistance has to be long-term and tenacious, because new workers may change jobs frequently as they start out their careers.
In Philadelphia: the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, the Ioccoa Institute at Leigh University and the Community College of Philadelphia created a 61-week training program that readied low-income workers for high wage jobs in technical manufacturing.
Family Friendly Needed
Connecting poor families to good jobs is made more difficult due to the lack of reliable child care, health insurance and transportation.
Marriott International’s Work-Life Program connects low-income workers to the support they need: flex time, family leave and career counseling.
Statements & Quotations
In the past, workforce development programs have seen their responsibilities ending with the completion of job training and placement. But many such programs now see that the most important work to be done with job-seekers occurs after training and placement.
Not only must jobs strategies develop effective pre-employment recruitment strategies, but they must also provide opportunities for continuous education and training and post-placement supports (such as child care, transportation and crisis management assistance).
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