Study Finds Shortfalls In Welfare Training

EDUCATION and training programs for women on welfare are failing to establish strong links to local employers that could help these single parents find and keep jobs, according to a study released yesterday.

The General Accounting Office report also found that many single women who are at risk of long-term welfare dependency, particularly substance abusers and teen-age mothers, are not being served by these programs.

Of the 4 million parents on Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), only about 11 percent were participating in the education and training program known as JOBS, for Job Opportunities and Basic Skills, from 1991 through 1993.

Under the law, the GAO said, states are held accountable for the number and type of participants enrolled in JOBS activities and can lose a portion of their federal funds if they don't meet those standards. ``As a result, JOBS programs may focus more on getting clients into program activities than off AFDC and into jobs,'' the report said.

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