Overview

This report contains 3 randomized control trial evaluations of non-government job training programs that partner with local employers to give their participants a pipeline to a stable, well-paying job.

It's guided by a central research question: do mature sector-focused programs result in significant labor market gains for low-income disadvantaged workers and job seekers?

 

Programs

Per Scholas is a social venture in New York City that combines a training program with efforts to refurbish and recycle “end of life” computers and distribute them to low-income people through partnerships with nonprofits, schools and community colleges.

Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) is an association of employers and unions that seeks to retain and attract high-wage jobs in Milwaukee and create career opportunities for low-income and unemployed community residents. WRTP develops training programs (generally lasting between two and eight weeks) in response to specific employers’ requests or to clearly identified labor market needs.

Jewish Vocational Service–Boston (JVS–Boston) is a community-based nonprofit that has provided workforce development services for more than 70 years, including operating one of three One-Stop Career Centers (One-Stops) funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in the Boston area. The organization aims to serve a diverse range of Boston’s disadvantaged populations, including refugees, immigrants and welfare recipients. Its training programs in medical billing and accounting were included in the study.

This evaluation is featured on Eval Hub’s “Evidence Says" infographic on work-based learning, a product part of a larger series that highlights the best, most rigorous evaluations of various topics in the workforce development field.