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Bernick shows the types of training programs that work and describes for whom they work. He identifies ways to improve performance among Workforce Investment Act (WIA) contractors while exploring the best uses for state discretionary WIA funds. He also describes what it takes to make an effective career ladder program, how postemployment welfare retention or skill advancement programs can succeed, and the type of training that workers with disabilities must go through to get and retain jobs.


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  1. Overview: The Ten Principles
  2. How Practitioners and Policymakers Improved the Job Training World-and What Challenges Lie Ahead
  3. Principle One-The Unemployment Rate: A Strong Private Economy Does Far More to Reduce Unemployment Than Any Government Program
  4. Principle Two-Job Training: Build on the Market Orientation of Effective Job Training Programs to Build an Effective Job Training System
  5. Principle Three-The Working Poor: A Big Part of the Conventional Wisdom on the Working Poor Being in Dead End Jobs is False-but Not All
  6. Principle Four-Building Career Ladders for the Working Poor: Designing Effective Career Ladders Requires Single- and Multiemployer Skills Upgrading
  7. Principle Five-Maintaining Career Ladders for the Working Poor: Sustaining Effective Career Ladders Means Influencing the Structure and Craft of Jobs
  8. Principle Six-Welfare Reform: Build on the Success of Welfare Reform with Targeted Postemployment Strategies
  9. Principle Seven-Workers with Disabilities: A New World of Employment Exists


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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT; Public training programs; WIA, JTPA, and CETA; On the job training

Job Training That Gets Results: Ten Principles of Effective Employment Programs




Bernick, Michael S. 2005. Job Training That Gets Results: Ten Principles of Effective Employment Programs. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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