April 07, 2010
Alternative Staffing: Adding new sizzle to workforce development
In restaurants, offices, stores and factories, temporary workers are playing a major role in the country’s labor market. The temporary staffing industry, introduced in the U.S. during the 1940s, provides many employers with skilled workers to meet both immediate and long-term labor needs. And workers find that temporary jobs often provide flexible scheduling and the chance to sample various careers.
Alternative staffing programs build on that model by helping low-income, low-skilled people connect to temporary and temporary-to-permanent job opportunities. They help potential workers obtain the job and life skills needed to succeed in the workplace, and address their barriers to employment, such as access to reliable transportation and child care. And they provide employers with a ready and reliable workforce.
The model’s emerging successes as a workforce development strategy are highlighted in the four features below, which include stories and findings from various Mott Foundation-funded initiatives in the alternative staffing field.
Staffing programs offer a real workforce alternative
Mott has funded two major initiatives - one at the national level and one in the country’s Gulf Coast region - to explore the impacts, strategies and challenges of the alternative staffing model. The emerging findings are intriguing. [Read more]
Alliance connects, supports alternative staffing field
The Alternative Staffing Alliance, launched with Mott support in 2007, provides alternative staffing organizations with opportunities to network and learn from one another. It is also working to bring the model to the attention of policymakers and other workforce development advocates. [Read more]
Study suggests staffing model supports success for workers, employers
Two Mott-funded reports issued in January 2009 on the alternative staffing model suggested that the programs can help low-income workers succeed in the labor market while meeting the needs of employers. [Read more]
Community organizations use temporary staffing
In this video posted in January 2009, Françoise Carré, research director at the Center for Social Policy, discusses findings from a Mott-funded evaluation of the alternative staffing strategy. [Watch the video]