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Employment Training Programs: Varied Purposes and Varied Performance , Report No. 95-24, January 1996
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  • Nearly $1 billion was spent on eight major employment training programs to serve over a million people in 1994-95. These programs include vocational education programs delivered by public schools and community colleges and employment assistance programs. This report determines how well these programs help people find jobs and what the Legislature should consider in reforming the state's workforce development system.
  • Vocational education programs vary by occupation, participant completion, and employment outcomes. While students who complete such programs tend to obtain good earnings, many fail to finish. Employment assistance programs administered by the Department of Labor and Employment Security vary by size, population served, and employment outcomes. The earnings of some participants exceed the poverty level, but other participants still rely on public assistance. Participants in employment assistance programs may not get sufficient occupational training. OPPAGA found that only 6% of employment assistance program participants completed a vocational education program in 1993-94. However, those who did complete a vocational education program worked more and earned more than other participants.
  • To revise the workforce development system, the Legislature must examine the program design, the motivation of participants, the occupations in which individuals are trained, and how individuals are prepared for the world of employment.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Florida College System
Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Economic Opportunity
Workforce Services
School District Workforce Education

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-35 Profile of Changes to Florida’s Public Career Education Program Offerings,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-34 School Districts and Florida College System Institutions Frequently Change Their Career Education Programs,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-26 Florida Should Not Use the Targeted Occupations Lists as the Sole Criteria to Fund Career Education Programs,published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 10-18 Public Career Education Programs Differ From Private Programs on Their Admission Requirements, Costs, Financial Aid Availability, and Student Outcomes,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 06-28  Workforce Estimating Conference Potential Not Realized; Barriers Can Be Addressed, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 02-06 Special Examination: Responsibilities Not Fulfilled by Occupational Access and Opportunity Commission; Program Performance Declines, published in January 2002.
  • Report No. 01-56 Program Review: Workforce Development Education Program, Florida Department of Education, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-19 Status Report: Jobs for Florida’s Graduates Program Appears to Be Improving Its Performance, published in March 2001.
  • Report No. 98-35 Review of Start-up and Early Implementation Efforts Related to the WAGES Privatization Pilot Projects, published in December 1998.

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