Inside the black box: what makes workforce development programs successful?


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The workforce development system in Chicago and nationwide is multifaceted and includes public and private training providers that work with individuals of all ages and abilities. Broadly, the programs within the system aim to train their participants while preparing them to (re)enter the workforce, graduate them from the programs, and place them into jobs. Some programs experience greater success at these goals and have more lasting effects than others. Identifying successful employment programs and understanding why they are successful at placing people into employment amid such...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Providers of education and training; Adult and community education; Participation; Disadvantaged; Employment; Outcomes; Evaluation

Keywords: Labour market program; Program evaluation; Student services; Partnership in education and training; Barrier; Skill development; Soft skills; Employability; Family; Funding; Leadership; Employers; Employment outcomes; Outcomes of education and training; Best practice; Case study; Data collecting; Measurement; Recommendations

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Chicago, Illinois: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 2012

Physical description: 91 p.

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ISSN: 1097-3125

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 152.96

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