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Meeting the needs of workers and employers: Implementation of a sector-focused career advancement model for low-skilled adults

Date Added to Library: 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:47
Individual Author: 
Tessler, Betsy L.
Bangser, Michael
Pennington, Alexandra
Schaberg, Kelsey
Dalporto, Hannah
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Place Published: 
New York, NY
Published Date: 
October 2014
Published Date (Text): 
October 2014

The WorkAdvance program model integrates the most promising features of two especially important areas of workforce policy: “sectoral” strategies, which seek to meet the needs of both workers and employers by preparing individuals for quality jobs in specific high-demand industries or occupational clusters, and job retention and career advancement strategies, which seek to improve workers’ prospects for sustained employment and upward mobility. Specifically, the WorkAdvance model offers the following sequence of sector-focused program components to participants for up to two years after enrollment: preemployment and career readiness services, occupational skills training, job development and placement, and postemployment retention and advancement services. WorkAdvance programs are currently operated by four organizations (two in New York City, one in Tulsa, and one in Greater Cleveland) that focus on a variety of sectors and bring different types of experience and approaches to the implementation of WorkAdvance.

This first report presents early findings on how the four local program providers translated the WorkAdvance model into a workable program. It offers lessons that may be helpful to organizations seeking to implement a sector-focused career advancement program like WorkAdvance. (author introduction)

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This covers the first 24-28 months of the program's implementation; the second report, due out in 2015, will have a more detailed outcomes evaluation.

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