ADVANCED TRAINING?

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FYI: Only about a third as many people got job training under the much-touted Workforce Investment Act as did under its predecessor, the Job Training Partnership Act, according to a new Center for Law and Social Policy report. Congress passed WIA in 1998, streamlining federal job training rules and creating new “sequencing” requirements. These rules force participants to go through assessment and job search assistance programs before receiving actual training. The law is up for reauthorization this session. CLASP researchers broke down data from 2000-2001, the first full year WIA was implemented, and found that almost 42,000 people (around half of those enrolled) got to the training stage of the adult program, compared with 163,000 in the final year of WIA’s predecessor. Another 42,000 dislocated workers (55 percent of those enrolled) got training, compared with almost 150,000 in the previous program’s final year. [4/3/03]