Sector-Focused Training That Meets the Needs of Job Seekers and Employers


Can working closely with employers make job training programs more effective?

Although many training programs exist, low-income individuals often cannot afford them, do not complete them, or do not obtain a marketable credential. At the same time, many employers claim that they cannot easily find people with the right occupational skills to meet their needs.

A sector-focused approach to job training can help low-income adults build skills for jobs in high-demand fields with opportunities for career growth. Working closely with employers can ensure that candidates receive credentials and licensing necessary for that industry sector.

MDRC is evaluating WorkAdvance — a sector-based, skill-building model, launched in 2011 as a national Social Innovation Fund project sponsored by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Center for Economic Opportunity. WorkAdvance providers work closely with employers in New York, Tulsa, and northeastern Ohio to help job seekers prepare for and enter quality jobs as well as succeed and advance in the labor market.

Join John Hutchins as he talks to Richard Hendra, Senior Associate and lead researcher on the MDRC study of WorkAdvance.

About MDRC’s “Evidence First” Podcast Series

Policymakers talk about solutions, but which ones really work? Join John Hutchins, MDRC’s Chief Communications Officer, as he talks with experts about the best evidence available on education and social programs that serve low-income people.