Capacity Building for Chicago Job Development: An Assessment of Chicago Job Developers' Needs and Emerging Solutions for Today's Tight Labor Market

May 01, 2002
  • Description

The findings of this study suggest that little focus has been placed on the training and resource needs of the Job Developers themselves -- the men and women on the front lines who are tasked with finding employment for the most difficult-to-employ members of our society. Most Job Developers know about and receive very little training. When training does occur, it is typically a one-shot session sponsored by a particular funding source and limited to only those grantees. Some participants in this study expressed frustration at the lack of depth, quantity, frequency and location of funder-sponsored training and of the topics covered in past trainings. At the same time, Job Developers must possess a wide range of skills and the ability to influence a diverse constituency to be effective.