New TEN study on women and people of color in job training programs

Our friends at the Transportation Equity Network released a new report on increasing job access for women and minorities in the highway construction field. Check out their release:

With voices on all sides calling for job creation through infrastructure spending, how do we ensure job access for those hit hardest by the recession? That’s the focus of TEN’s latest study, The Road to Good Jobs: Making Training Work.

The new study presents the first-ever compilation of data from all 50 states on their use of on-the-job-training and apprenticeship programs to boost job access for minorities and women in the federal highway construction field.

Download the Executive Summary (PDF).

Download the complete report (PDF, 500k).

Download the complete data set underlying the report (XLS, 130k).

The Road to Good Jobs: Making Training Work finds that most states are doing a poor job of using proven training programs to boost highway construction job access for minorities and women, though unemployment rates for minorities are nearly double those of whites, and female unemployment is ticking up while male unemployment is dropping.

Among the study’s key findings:

  • Four states—Illinois, Indiana, Connecticut, and Minnesota—succeeded in increasing the percentage of both women and people of color in training programs from 2008-10.
  • Only two states had at least 50% women in OJT/apprenticeship programs from 2008-10: Maine (75%) and North Dakota (55%).
  • Community organizing by TEN members to push for broad use of OJT and apprenticeship programs led to top rankings and breakthroughs in Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois
  • Indiana and Illinois were standout states in terms of the overall increase in the use of OJT/apprenticeships from 2008-10, surpassing more populous states such as California and New York.

The Road to Good Jobs: Making Training Work provides detailed rankings on which states are using training and apprenticeship programs to make real progress toward equity and diversity in highway construction, and which states are failing to recruit and train women and minorities. The study also describes the steps necessary to improve states’ progress, and provides local, state and federal policy recommendations.

The study first looks at a number of important metrics such as the percent of women in on-the-job training programs and goes on to rank those states which have done exceptionally well in providing access to women.

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