WorkAdvance, a five-year workforce demonstration project, tested whether or not  providing workers with comprehensive support, skills training and emphasizing advancement would have a positive impact on both the worker and their employers. Towards Employment was one of five national sites to implement WorkAdvance and we are proud to share the local results of the project.

Compared to a control group, WorkAdvance participants

  1. Accessed more services. They were twice as likely to have received career readiness training, four times as likely to complete skills training and three times more likely to receive job search support and post-employment coaching.
  2. Had positive employment results. They were forty-nine percent more likely to work in their targeted sector (healthcare or manufacturing) and to be employed in a full-time, permanent position with opportunity for advancement.
  3. Had increased earnings. On average, they experienced a 14% increase in earnings.

Read the Northeast Ohio press release

Read the Northeast Ohio results report

Read MDRC’s Lessons for practioners

Read the MDRC national report in full 

Read the MDRC national report summary

Local result reporting presented the Fund for our Economic Future with support from the Deaconess Foundation and The Raymond John Wean Foundation.