Understanding the Costs of the DOL Welfare-to-Work Grants Program. Emphasis on Work Experience Differentiated Some WtW Programs

08/01/2002

Both the availability and extent of use of paid work experience were characteristics that differentiated WtW programs. While paid work experience accounted for 16 percent of total

Figure III.3
Percent of Total Costs Spent on Core Versus Other Wtw Services

Figure III.3 Percent of Total Costs Spent on Core Versus Other Wtw Services

costs in the average WtW program (Figure III.2), only half of the programs in the cost analysis offered their participants paid work experience. Moreover, the programs that offered paid work experience emphasized such placements to varying extents. For five programs (Chicago-Easter Seals, Chicago-Pyramid, Philadelphia-TWC, West Virginia-HRD, and Yakima-FWC) costs related to paid work experience represented the largest proportion of WtW costs, ranging from 37 to 41 percent (Table II.2). Other programs devoted fewer resources to work experience or did not offer such placements.

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