Published by MDRC, this report highlights the early results on how program providers in New York City, Tulsa, and Cleveland implemented the WorkAdvance framework into a workable program. The WorkAdvance program encompasses sectoral as well as job retention and career advancement strategies through four specified program components for up to two years after enrollment–pre-employment and career readiness services, occupational skills training, job development and training, and post-employment retention and advancement services.
This report offers lessons learned to assist organizations seeking to implement a similar sector-focused career advancement program.
The four key findings were:
- The WorkAdvance model is demanding model to implement and while all providers have implemented all components the post-employment services have been the most challenging to implement.
- Since screening of applicants is driven by employers only one in five applicants were eligible for participation.
- Emotional intelligence skill building was as important to employers and participants as technical skill building.
- Completion rates for occupational training, usually and industry recognized credential, are showing early signs of being high.
Meeting the Needs of Workers and Employers: Implementation of a Sector-Focused Career Advancement Model for Low-Skilled Adults