Programs to Support Job Training Success: Innovations to Address Unmet Needs

Julie Anderson, M.A., Cynthia Hess, Ph.D.

January 31, 2017
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This report provides profiles of programs that meet key unmet supportive service needs among job training participants. IWPR selected and studied eight programs employing innovative approaches to meeting child care, transportation, financial, and mental health needs, as well for addressing domestic violence. This report describes the programs’ strategies and methods for connecting trainees with supports to provide suggestions and inspiration to other programs seeking to expand their ability to meet clients’ supportive service needs. The report was informed by expert interviews, a research review on the need for supportive services in the workforce development system and promising models for providing these services, and the results of a survey of job training program administrators reflecting key unmet needs. This is the third report from an Institute for Women’s Policy Research project to study the prevalence and need for supportive services among job training participants, and strategies to meet their needs. The project was supported by the Walmart Foundation.