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A National Policy for Workplace Training. Lessons from State and Local Experiments [microform] / Rosemary Batt and Paul Osterman
Bib ID 5573085
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Batt, Rosemary
Online Versions
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1993 
71 p. 
ISBN 9780944826522

Selected state and local experiments in developing/supporting workplace-centered training programs were analyzed to identify issues relevant to developing a national policy for workplace training. Intensive case studies of state economic development/training programs in California and Illinois and the employment and training programs provided by North and South Carolina's community college systems were conducted, and various joint training efforts involving unions, employers, local governments, and community organizations were reviewed. It was concluded that the federal government should fund a national training effort aimed at enhancing the skills of incumbent workers, states should be responsible for choosing the most effective means of administering federal training programs, and national training policy should focus on underserved groups and programs contributing to the establishment of strong employment and training systems. The importance of developing/implementing youth apprenticeship or school-to-work transition programs was emphasized. It was recommended that funding for a national training policy come from either general revenue or a dedicated payroll tax. The start-up funding required for a national training policy was estimated at $375 million, with subsequent funding levels of $2 billion annually thereafter. (Appended is a table summarizing 10 studies of the effects of skills/training on economic performance. Contains 49 references.) (MN)


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Subjects Adult Education.  |  Apprenticeships.  |  Case Studies.  |  Community Colleges.  |  Community Organizations.  |  Continuing Education.  |  Cost Estimates.  |  Economic Development.  |  Education Work Relationship.  |  Educational Needs.  |  Educational Policy.  |  Employer Employee Relationship.  |  Employment Programs.  |  Entry Workers.  |  Federal Programs.  |  Financial Support.  |  Industrial Training.  |  Job Training.  |  National Programs.  |  Outcomes of Education.  |  Partnerships in Education.  |  Policy Formation.  |  Program Costs.  |  Program Development.  |  Public Policy.  |  School Business Relationship.  |  State Federal Aid.  |  State Programs.  |  Taxes.  |  Training Methods.  |  Training Objectives.  |  Two Year Colleges.  |  Unions.  |  Vocational Education.  |  Youth Programs.  |  California Illinois North Carolina South Carolina
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Osterman, Paul, author  |  Economic Policy Inst., Washington, DC
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