MDRC in the News

These Job-Training Programs Work, and May Show Others the Way

The New York Times

10/2022

…..There is a growing track record of success for programs that are attuned to the hiring needs of business but go well beyond teaching technical skills. The older, larger organizations that evolved over the years include Year Up, Per ScholasNPower and Project Quest. More recent entries showing strong results include Merit America and Pursuit.

Lawrence Katz, a labor economist at Harvard University, was the lead author in a 2020 study of the comprehensive programs, which included Year Up, Per Scholas and Project Quest. Such programs, they concluded, delivered lasting wage gains of 11 percent to 40 percent.

“There are very valuable lessons here for the government to improve its programs,” Dr. Katz said…..

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