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Sectoral Employment Impact Study

Per Scholas

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Expanding Economic Opportunity
  • Grant Amount $500,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2003–December 31, 2004
  • Location Bronx, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus New York

About this grant

While assisting low-income and unemployed people to find jobs with little preparation or skill building is effective in a demand-driven economy, sectoral employment development suggests that developing skills in specific industries can aid job retention and wage growth when the economy slows. Even in recessionary times, there is a need for skilled workers.Multiyear funding will support a performance evaluation of sectoral employment training. Results will be used to inform public policy on the effectiveness of sectoral employment training. Specific objectives include enrolling 225 low-income participants in information technology training; referring 225 low-income participants seeking information technology training to other programs; placing 80 percent or more of the graduates into employment paying an average of $12.40 per hour; and assisting at least 125 of the placed employees to retain their jobs or advance to other jobs in their industry after 24 months of employment.Per Scholas, founded in 1995, works to provide economic opportunity for low-income residents by providing training, employment and career advancement opportunities in the computer industry. Per Scholas also provides reconditioned computers to low-income families and offers corporations an environmentally responsible solution for the disposal of computers. The organization is one of three national demonstration sites selected for the evaluation.