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Successful welfare reform requires quickly moving welfare recipients into jobs. Components to this challenge include the following: a poor fit between where jobs are located and where many welfare recipients live; recipients who lack experience and skills and do not know how to seek, find, or qualify for jobs; childcare and transportation needs; and employers who hesitate to hire welfare recipients due to concerns about their skills and reliability and who are often unwilling to deal with the complex government employment and training programs and paperwork. The temporary help industry is a potential bridge. It is well-informed about the employment needs of its employer clients and has a long track record of assisting job seekers gain skills and employment experience. A temporary help agency (THA) recruits and employs its own workforce that it leases to other firms. THAs are increasingly filling employers' long-term needs because they provide these significant advantages: cost, time, no long-term commitment, less dependency on contractors, and the option to hire temporary employees permanently. Legislative and administrative options for action are designing a welfare-to-work system with temporary employment, encouraging public-private partnerships, and temporary help assignments as an alternative to community service. (Contains 35 references and 80 endnotes.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Economically Disadvantaged, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment, Employment Opportunities, Employment Services, Job Applicants, Job Placement, Job Search Methods, Job Training, Recruitment, Temporary Employment, Unemployment, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services

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Autor: Bugarin, Alicia


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