Common Barriers to Enrolling in Longer-Term Training
Given research on the returns to education,1 we asked employment counselors and program managers about longer-term training. After defining longer-term training as training that may last a few weeks, a few months, or even longer, we asked what the most common barriers were for participants interested enrolling in this type of training.
Outcomes Data on Training Completion
Multiple professionals in the field told us about the effectiveness of on-the-job training, which is employer-provided training in exchange of a partial wage reimbursement. Indeed, participants who engage in this type of training do tend to see more consistent employment retention. This can be especially effective for a participant with barriers who would be too risky a hire without this incentive.
Bear in mind when interpreting these graphs that participants who do not engage in training through the program may already have a Bachelor's degree or higher.
STEP 3: Select any combination of educational attainment and geographic region.
Median Yearly Income Change
Percent Consistently Employed One Year
Median Annual Income After Program Exit
Training Completion PollChart
Additional Information on Outcomes Data by Training Completion
Participants in Dislocated Worker and Adult may engage in any of a number of different types of training, from English language or basic computer classes to coursework toward a postsecondary degree. These figures show average outcomes among four groups:
Participants who completed on-the-job training or other customized training
Participants who completed credentialed training in an occupation in demand
Participants who completed any other training, including short-term training not resulting in a credential
Participants who did not complete any training
Strategies Related to Training Completion
Professionals in the field were very descriptive when asked to list common barriers to enrolling in long-term training, specifically when it came to the financial burden that long-term training places on participants. Overall, strategies to address these barriers were not as well outlined, but those that were are highlighted below.