A Davis County job training program ranks second in the state for its success in getting unemployed youth, welfare recipients and others into the work force.
Along with the ranking, the Davis County Private Industry Council, which oversees the federal Job Training Partnership Act programs, has received a $49,610 reward for surpassing federal standards in seven areas. The federal funds were allocated through the State Office of Job Training and Economic Development.While the Davis County area was first in performance last year among nine similarly designated areas in the state, it dropped to second place behind Salt Lake County while improving its overall score. The Uintah Basin Private Industry Council placed third.
Of the 284 people who entered one of the Davis Area Vocational Center-based or on-the-job programs between June 1987 and 1988, 76 percent completed training and 75 percent got jobs. The average wage was $5.29. The program cost taxpayers about $243,000 last year.
Federally supported programs include on-the-job training for welfare recipients. Other approaches include classroom instruction and job tryouts. For example, one program subsidizes wages while a worker gains skills at a designated company. This past year the program has helped place welders, painters, secretaries, lab technicians and an English teacher.
The JTPA program has gained attention recently as Vice President-elect Dan Quayle, who was author of the legislation, made it part of his stump speeches. At the Republican National Convention he highlighted the successful job training of a Roy woman.
Among single parents receiving training in Davis County, 79 percent entered the work force with an average wage of $5.51. For all adults receiving employment, a similar percent gained employment and received a slightly higher hourly wage.
Some 62 percent of those on welfare who received training found jobs. That is up from 33 percent the previous year. Among youths who used job training programs, 71 percent found work.
Richard Nelson, director of the Davis employment and training office, said the statistics show that the Davis programs could do a better job of serving women, older workers and dropouts. They are still serving fewer such people when compared to other categories. The programs, for example, do a good job at serving handicapped persons, those receiving welfare and minorities.