Improving the Effectiveness of Individual Training Accounts: Long-Term Findings from an Experimental Evaluation of Three Service Delivery Models

Improving the Effectiveness of Individual Training Accounts: Long-Term Findings from an Experimental Evaluation of Three Service Delivery Models

Published: Oct 30, 2011
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
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Associated Project

Individual Training Accounts: Testing Models of Paying for Job Training

Time frame: 1999-2011

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Authors

Irma Perez-Johnson

Robert Santillano

Key Findings
  • Job seekers in the United States could realize potential net benefits over 20 years of approximately $41,000 per person if local workforce training agencies implemented programs that combine higher, more flexible individual limits for expenditures on state-approved training with support from training counselors.
According to findings from a new study, job seekers in the United States could realize potential net benefits over 20 years of approximately $41,000 per person if local workforce training agencies implemented programs that combine higher, more flexible individual limits for expenditures on state-approved training with support from training counselors. The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, is the first long-term evaluation of the relative effects of alternative training models used under the Workforce Investment Act. It shows that moving away from the status quo to provide more flexible, higher-value training awards is cost-effective and has large, positive impacts on the long-term earnings of ITA job seekers.

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