Despite the crucial role of employers in creating opportunities for low-wage, entry-level workers, there's little research on employers’ perspectives. This report sheds some light on the topic from data collected as part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative. Engaging Employers explores whether employers value workforce intermediaries, to what extent employers support low-income, entry-level workers in their human resources policies, and more. 

June 23, 2005

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The kinds of employers that are likely to partner with workforce intermediaries.

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    The extent to which employers are willing to support low-income, entry-level workers.

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    Factors that hinder employer decisions about low-income workers.

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    Factors that promote employer practices and policies in favor of hiring low-income workers.

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    Employer benefits of partnering with workforce intermediaries.

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    How workforce intermediaries benefit low-income job seekers.

Key Takeaway

Understanding Employers

Understanding why some employers support low-income, entry-level workers and others do not has important implications for workforce intermediaries. Two factors shape employers’ willingness to support workers: a desire to benefit the larger community by hiring people who need help, and a recognition that "the bottom line" limits their ability to do so. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations