In 2009, workforce training legislation (E2SSB 5809) provided $7 million in state funds for Employment Security Department to distribute to local workforce development councils (WDC) for additional workforce training. The WDCs then contracted with community and technical colleges and employers to provide additional training in high-demand occupations. The training targeted low-income adults, dislocated workers and unemployment insurance claimants.
The legislation required Employment Security to publish periodic reports about how many participants found jobs after training, and compare their wages before and after the training.
- The first report was prepared and delivered in 2010 when training classes were still under way. It included statistics on training completion for participants who started their training in 2009.
- The second report was delivered in 2011. It included participant completion rates and key findings related to completed training.
- The third and final report was delivered in 2013. It includes outcome data relating to participant employment rates and comparisons of pre- and post-training wage rates that were not available for the first two reports.