This Jobs Initiative report explores racial discrimination against low-skilled workers in regional labor markets – and what can be done about it. The report includes lessons learned around issues of cultural competence, and identifies helpful tools to improve workforce development for jobs seekers, workers and employers alike.
From hiring through retention, it’s important for employers to be culturally aware of workforce diversity.
Strengthening a job seeker’s self-esteem, confidence and character are part of a successful workforce development program.
The goals and ambitions of young minority men reach far beyond entry-level jobs most often marketed to them.
Soft skills training is one way to counteract negative perceptions of minority men.
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As with the protagonist in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, a classic tale of a young black man’s experiences in the American South and North, the men served by Jobs Initiative sites are often prone to the “invisible man” syndrome. Unseen, because people refuse to see them, these young men feel undervalued and underestimated.
Cultural illiteracy has consequences for employers and employees. For employers, a high employee turnover rate can hurt morale, create instability and cause an expensive drain on a company’s bottom line.
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