Discusses a new skills-building model designed to help low-income adults prepare for, enter, and succeed in quality jobs in high-demand fields with opportunities for career growth.
“This brief discusses the origins of the WorkAdvance model, its major features, how it is being evaluated, and some early observations of how providers are operating the program” (p.1)…. “The theory behind WorkAdvance is that an employment program will be more effective in helping low-skilled individuals advance in the labor market the more it aligns its training, job preparation, job placement, and postemployment guidance with employers’ needs. This underlying principle drives all of the main features of the model”, which included intensive screening of applicants, sector-focused pre-employment services, sector-specific occupational skills training, sector-specific job development and placement, and postemployment retention and advancement services (p.3). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)