Employment Training:

Successful Projects Share Common Strategy

T-HEHS-96-127: Published: Apr 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1996.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the merits of 6 highly successful employment training programs for economically disadvantaged adults. GAO found that the programs: (1) serve adults with little high school education, limited basic skills and English language proficiency, few marketable job skills, and past histories of substance abuse and domestic violence; (2) have a fairly successful placement rate, with three of the programs placing 90 percent of their clientele; (3) ensure that the clients are committed to training and getting a good job, and as a result, require them to sign an agreement of commitment outlining their responsibilities; (4) provide child care, transportation, and basic skills training to enable clients to complete program training and acquire employment; (5) improve their clients employability through on-site workshops and one-on-one sessions; (6) have strong links with the local labor market and use information from the local market to guide training options; and (7) aim to provide their clients with training that will lead to higher earnings, good benefits, and overall self-sufficiency.

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