Administration Proposes PICs Run New Employment Programs

By Barreto, Julio | Nation's Cities Weekly, January 27, 1992 | Go to article overview

Administration Proposes PICs Run New Employment Programs


Barreto, Julio, Nation's Cities Weekly


President Bush announced a new job training initiative with a "one-stop shopping" approach that expands the authority and responsibilities of the Private Industry Council, provides funds for welfare-to-work projects, pays for welfare-to-work initiatives, creates apprenticeship prog;rams and create a lifetime training account of grants or loans for education and training.

Job Training 2000 was developed by Vice President Dan Quayle, Department of Labor Secretary Lynn Martin and Department of Education Secretary Lamar Alexander. It seeks to reform vocational training, facilitate the transition from school-to-work, facilitate the transition from welfare-to-work and promote life long learning.

The initiative will provide a "one-stop shopping" center for job training that will be coordinated by the Private Industry Councils (PIC). The theory is that PICs are run effectively and are in the best position to administer a comprehensive employment and training program.

Employment Services offices will be skill centers administered by local PICs where skills assessment and testing, referral services and counseling will occur. PICs will be subject to performance standards, will be provided with performance grants, will certify all local area vocational education and job training programs, coordinate the delivery of more than $11 billion in vocational education services, and will issue training vouchers to individuals eligible for PIC-certified programs. …

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