Argues that Congress should increase funding for vocational training, specifically the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult program, because research suggests the program can be effective in increasing the employment and earnings of disadvantaged workers.

“Funding for the WIA Adult program and other sources of vocational training has been declining over the past several decades” (p.1).  The authors argue that Congress should increase funding for vocational training for disadvantaged adult workers.  Moreover, the authors assert that policymakers should focus on addressing two key concerns about these adult training programs: “(1) too many people who start training programs do not complete them, and (2) too many people do not find a job in the occupation for which they are trained” (p.1).  The authors recommend four evidence-based approaches to address these concerns: “(1) providing more guidance to workers so they make appropriate decisions about training, (2) investing in more services to support the workers while they are enrolled in a training program, (3) developing training programs that provide skills demanded by employers, and (4) developing training programs that are more suited to the needs of the disadvantaged adult trainees” (p.2). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

• “Congress should increase funding for the WIA Adult Program” (p.3). • “The Workforce Boards should experiment with providing structured, directive guidance to workers who request training” (p.4). • “Workforce boards should experiment with providing more supportive services” (p.6). • “Workforce boards should explore developing training programs in partnerships with employers” (p.6). • “Workforce boards should explore [partnerships] with training providers to develop training programs more suited to the needs of adult trainees” (p.6). (Abstractor: Author)