Training programs that are designed to help persons find meaningful employment who are from low-income families or who have disabilities need to do more than just connect people to work opportunities.
When workforce initiatives put more focus on the program than the person they are working with they are unlikely to produce positive results. There needs to be an enhanced paradigm of workforce development, one that recognizes that understanding is the basis for successful employment.
In the working world, there’s landing a job and there’s keeping a job. The latter is sometimes more difficult than the former. When employers have plenty of job applicants, they have little patience for underperformers.
Those who come from disadvantaged, low-income backgrounds often have difficulty realizing the need for employment as well as knowing how to find and keep a job. For these people, barriers such as child care and transportation can be daunting and workplace expectations can be overwhelming.