Partnerships for Skills Gains: Investing in Frontline Workers

Mobility interviewed more than 150 leaders to identify partnerships between employers and workforce organizations where employers are helping pay for skills upgrading of their front line workers. We have published a short summary of the project and invite you to explore the individual partnerships on the accompanying map.

Research & Evaluation

Escalating Gains: The Elements of Project QUEST’s Success

Our full report on the Project QUEST evaluation details the array of supports needed to help low-income, low-skilled workers complete long-term occupational training that led to large earnings gains six years after enrollment.

Taking on Credit: Per Scholas Builds Students’ Job and Financial Skills

Mobility’s assessment of Per Scholas reveals the value of financial coaching for workforce development participants.

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Escalating Gains: Project QUEST’s Sectoral Strategy Pays Off

Our impact evaluation demonstrated that Project QUEST participants had annual earnings over $28,000, which was more than $5,000 greater than control group members, six years after enrollment.

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First Steps on the Road to Financial Well-Being

Participants in LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers initiative were more likely to be employed year-round and were taking steps to improve their credit and financial circumstances.

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Moving Up the Ladder: Per Scholas Launches Project Scale

Mobility’s evaluation of Per Scholas’ new training program Project Scale finds that graduates are typically working full-time, making well over $20 an hour.

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Building Stronger Financial Futures

Our interim evaluation of LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers suggests that low-income individuals can take positive steps to improve their credit histories which could lead to improved credit and financial outcomes in the future.

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Building Credit Where It's Needed

Mobility’s brief argues that it is critical for workforce organizations to address participants’ credit issues as part of their program strategies.

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Social Media

News

New York Times Editorial Features Mobility Study of Subsidized Employment

In a lead editorial The Crisis in Minority Unemployment, the New York Times focused on the promise of subsidized employment as a strategy to help young black men who are out of school and out of work. The editorial focuses on our study of subsidized employment programs in Florida, Wisconsin. Mississippi and California, which showed large earnings gains, particularly for the long-term unemployed.

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Mobility's Work Featured in Federal Report on Job Training

Mobility’s evaluations of subsidized jobs programs and Year Up featured in federal report What Works in Job Training: A Synthesis of the Evidence.

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A Song in the Front Yard

This report chronicles the many challenges addressed by nonprofits in the 741 Collaborative as they seek to improve the employment prospects of residents on Chicago’s south side. Despite large public funding cuts, the Collaborative members persevered through one of the worst recessions in many years.

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Mobility Releases Report on Immigrants and Economic Opportunity

Sound Investments: Building Immigrants’ Skills to Fuel Economic Growth identifies innovative programs across the country that increase immigrants’ opportunities to move up.

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