Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)

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Innovation. Research. Action.

After almost 35 years Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) has ceased operations. The organization leaves behind an incredible legacy of knowledge, including hundreds of research reports, case studies and evaluations about how best to improve programs and outcomes for children, youth and families. We are fortunate that P/PV has decided to archive its publications collection with the Foundation Center's IssueLab so that practitioners can benefit from this knowledge for years to come.

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Hard Work on Soft Skills: Creating a Culture of Work in Workforce Development

November 30, 2001

Understanding and adapting to the norms of the workplace are important to long-term success in the labor market. Preparing participants to meet these challenges on the job requires more than a weekly session about how to dress or the importance of showing up on time. Workforce development practitioners must create a culture of work within their own programs if they want participants to be prepared to meet employers' expectations. "Hard Work on Soft Skills" describes the efforts of four very different organizations with sophisticated strategies that suffuse soft skills development throughout their programs by integrating them with their hard skills training.

Getting In, Staying On, Moving Up: A Practitioner's Approach to Employment Retention

December 1, 1999

Changes in workforce development policy are requiring employment programs to develop job retention strategies. This report looks at the Vocational Foundation, Inc. (VFI), one of New York Citys most respected employment programs for disadvantaged youth, and the principles that underlie its successful job retention program, Moving Up, a 24-month postplacement strategy for placing and keeping clients in jobs. VFI is one of only a handful of programs nationwide with a well-defined job retention strategy and an internal MIS system designed to track participant outcomes. The report describes in detail the elements of VFIs program, from recruitment and training to job placement and follow-up, and closes with nine principles of effective practice for workforce programs to consider as they develop their own retention efforts.

Working Close to Home: WIRE-Net's Hire Locally Program

September 1, 1998

Hire Locally is an employment program that matches Cleveland's west side residents with industrial jobs employers would otherwise have searched far and wide to fill. The program is part of the nonprofit Westside Industrial Retention and Expansion Network, or WIRE-Net. This report documents the program's innovation in developing a sectoral strategy to meet labor market demands while also setting a broad agenda for community improvement. It also shares key program elements and recommendations to ensure that future programs are more effective.

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