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Factors in Successful Job Training and Job Performance of the Disadvantaged

Raymond O. Henke
The Journal of Experimental Education
Vol. 45, No. 1 (Fall, 1976), pp. 61-68
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20151128
Page Count: 8
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Factors in Successful Job Training and Job Performance of the Disadvantaged
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine characteristics of the disadvantaged client and of the Concentrated Employment Program (CEP) which related to the successful vocational training and placement of 150 unemployed public assistance recipients who were served by the San Antonio Concentrated Employment Program. The general method was to compare the disadvantaged clients who were successful at on-the-job training that led to employment with those clients who did not complete such training and were not placed. Thirty predictor variables were categorized into the following sets of characteristics: personal, academic, economic, vocational, and CEP. Only academic and vocational client characteristics contributed significantly to the prediction of successful training and placement. The conclusions indicated that rehabilitation personnel should carefully interview for educational and vocational information when selecting clients for training and placement and that remedial programs as the CEP should programatically help clients to better academic achievement. It is also important that clients experience success in vocational placement since a successful vocational history and academic achievement predict future success at training and placement.

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