National Evaluation of the Welfare-to-Work Grants Program: Final Report. Pre-Employment Model

09/01/2004

This model is characterized by an intensive emphasis on pre-employment preparation. In addition to job search preparation, programs we consider exemplars of this model offered structured pre-employment activities such as group counseling, remedial education, or occupational preparation, and often some type of transitional employment. In Boston and Philadelphia, for example, wage-paying transitional employment was a major component, usually following several weeks of preparatory activities. HRDF in West Virginia combined group job readiness workshops with unpaid work experience, and wage supplements to those who obtained low-wage jobs. Nashville Works/Pathways emphasized ongoing supportive peer groups, intensive case management, and job coaching.

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