Header Logo


WorkAdvance Merges Sector Training and Postemployment Support


August 5, 2013


WorkAdvance Merges Sector Training and Postemployment Support

An evaluation of the early years of WorkAdvance, a skills-building model developed by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity and MDRC, demonstrates the promise of this new model.

WorkAdvance was developed to help low-income adults prepare for, enter and succeed in high-demand career fields that offer opportunities for advancement. So far, the program has launched in New York City; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Cleveland and Youngstown, Ohio.

The WorkAdvance plan aligns initial training, all the way through postemployment guidance, with employer needs:

  • Intensive applicant screening
  • Sector-focused pre-employment services, such as career planning, preparing resumes and job interviewing skills
  • Sector-specific occupational skills training
  • Sector-specific job placement
  • Postemployment retention and advancement services, including ongoing coaching, follow up with employers and assistance with rapid re-employment, if needed

WorkAdvance programs differ in several ways, based on the needs of the sector and the local market:

  • Some providers offer training first and some provide two tracks: one for training first and one for placement first, when individuals qualify for a job without specific training beforehand
  • Most providers rely on partner institutions, such as community colleges, technical colleges and other training vendors, for training, while one provider offers training courses in-house
  • At least two providers have already changed their training approaches in response to a shifting labor market
  • To help ensure high completion rates, several providers have taken additional steps to support participants, including open houses to help families realize the commitment the participants are making as well as paid internships
  • Providers have found a variety of ways to engage employer partners, including advisory groups

Enrollment into the WorkAdvance study is scheduled to end this summer. The first full report on the program, which will focus on implementation issues, will be published in 2014.

My ACTE Login Image



Renew · Learn About Membership


Divisions · Regions · State Associations

CTE Policy Watch Blog

Education Leader George Miller to Retire

Rep. George Miller (D-CA), ranking member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and winner of ACTE’s Policymaker of the Year Award, announced his retirement on Monday. He will not seek re-election in 2014.

House Passes FY 14 Omnibus Bill With Perkins Increase; Senate to Vote Soon

The FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill passed overwhelmingly on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 359-67. As we previously reported, the omnibus bill includes a $53 million increase for Perkins! The Senate is expected to vote on the measure before the end of the week. Please take a few minutes to reach out to your Senators and urge them to vote YES on this bill.


ACTE Calendar

Sunday, December 21, 2014

ACTE 2015 Election Closes

Monday, March 02, 2015

2015 National Policy Seminar

View All Events

Introducing the new
Visa® Platinum Rewards card.