Program Authorization: R.S. 46:2521
The mission of the Training Program is to provide workforce preparation programs and related services for women and men who are economically disadvantaged, unemployed, or dislocated workers.
The goals of the Training Program are:
1. Provide eligible women the skills necessary for entry-level positions in nontraditional and traditional fields where wages are good, fringe benefits are available, and advancement opportunities exist.
2. Provide an intensive workforce preparation program for participants who desire and need non-traditional and traditional jobs.
3. Provide training opportunities that will assist women in entering the workplace.
4. Provide employers with well qualified, job ready applicants.
The Office of Women's Services has training and employment programs located in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lake Charles that provide career assessment, testing, classroom training, counseling, employment preparation and placement services.
The U.S. Bureau of the Census reports that the overwhelming majority of single-parent families are headed by women. Women heads of households are the largest group in poverty--numbering more than 50% of all families below the poverty level. Women heads of households often lack the job skills that would qualify them for high-paying employment.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Training Program will refer 195 Skills Training participants to employment opportunities in the private sector.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Training Program will train 135 participants in nontraditional job areas (basic electrical, mechanical and construction concepts and applications, computer operations, applied mathematics and physical conditioning).
3. In FY 1998-99, the Training Program will train 50 participants in general clerical/medical operations and their applications to the business and medical work environment.
4. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Women's Services will prepare participants to successfully interview for traditional and nontraditional jobs at the end of their training.
1 This is a new performance indicator. Data collection will begin in FY 1998-99 to establish baseline data.
5. In FY 1998-99, the Training Program will provide Career Enhancement Services (employment preparation and placement) to 80 participants to assist them in obtaining employment.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The source of funding for this program is from interagency transfers and self-generated revenues. The interagency transfers are Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) funds received from the Department of Labor for training women in non-traditional jobs. Self-generated revenue is derived from the local service delivery areas to provide training services.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 105.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 92.8% of the total request ($921,009) for this program. The net increase for this program over existing operating budget is mainly due to the attrition adjustment.
Expenses associated with providing two (2) Math/Computer Instructors and one (1) Physical Instructor and a $25.00 to $35.00 per week meal and transportation allowance for 405 persons enrolled in non-traditional and clerical training programs
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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