Workforce Development Programs

Written by Kimberly Clark
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Most often, workforce development programs are designed to provide economically and educationally disadvantaged people with the life skills they will need to help them obtain a job. Many programs are regionally operated and concentrate their efforts on locating employment opportunities for their participants within the surrounding area. As a result, many work development programs are community sponsored.

A number of rehabilitation facilities, local governments, vocational schools and various other public service agencies also run workforce development programs. The people enrolled in these types of programs might be recovering from a drug or alcohol addictions, trying to get off welfare, or simply may not have acquired enough education to adequately prepare them for the job market. They enroll in these kinds of programs in hopes of obtaining the education and training they must have to become productive workers and contributing members to society.

There are also a large number of workforce development programs sponsored by juvenile detention centers, prisons, and parole boards. Several of these programs provide their participants with the opportunity to develop vocational skills as well as obtain educational credits towards their high school diploma or GED while still incarcerated. Once released or paroled, those enrolled in the program typically have access to service such as career counseling and job placement.

Corporate Sponsored Programs

There are also many corporate-sponsored workforce development programs, although the attention of the corporate sponsors is almost always directed toward educational institutions. They basically establish their programs, which can consist of offering internships or work-study positions, as a way to identify and cultivate future talent.


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