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Improving the Quality of Training Under JTPA (1991)

JTPA training is intended to impart job-related skills to economically disadvantaged individuals to improve both their immediate post program employment and their long-term employment potential. Some observers of JTPA job training programs have argued that the system places too much emphasis on short-term training for entry-level jobs, and not enough emphasis on services that will enable participants to obtain "quality" jobs with potential for career advancement. To assess the quality of the training currently provided under JTPA, this study took a close look at the program designs and service delivery practices in 15 randomly-selected SDAs around the country during Program Year 1988, and reviewed the Title II-A training received by adult participants in 43 different occupational training programs.

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