Building Skills and Promoting Job Advancement

Research Report

Building Skills and Promoting Job Advancement

The Promise of Employer-Focused Strategies
September 11, 2007

Abstract

While many skill-upgrade initiatives are based in the public or private education system, efforts where businesses sponsor or play a lead role in developing training also provide an important venue for skill building. This paper examines why employer-focused training is a promising strategy for boosting the earnings of low-income individuals while also providing benefits to employers. Three employer-focused models with potential for improving skills and promoting job advancement among low-wage workers are examined: incumbent worker training programs, sectoral training programs, and career ladder programs.

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