Getting to the Finish Line: The Availability and Impact of Supportive Services in the Workforce Development System

Institute for Women's Policy Research

February 28, 2017
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This report presents an overview of findings from the Job Training Success Project at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, which investigated access to supportive services across the workforce development system and how gaps in services can be addressed. The report captures highlights from an IWPR publication series that includes a review and analysis of literature on the importance, effectiveness, and availability of supportive services for participants in job training programs in the United States; an analysis of data from online surveys of 168 administrators of job training programs and nearly 1,900 job training participants about their perspectives on supportive services; and a study profiling eight programs with innovative models for providing supportive services to job training participants. The project draws on these sources to examine the need for supportive services in workforce development programs and their role in promoting job training success. The report series was informed by an advisory committee and expert interviews and funded by the Walmart Foundation.