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Per Scholas provided a computer technician training program, internships, soft-skills training, and supportive services to participants who were low income to help them obtain computer certification and find jobs in the information technology sector.

Per Scholas Sectoral Employment Program is currently offering some services remotely in response to COVID-19
Per Scholas Sectoral Employment Program is currently offering some services remotely in response to COVID-19

Per Scholas provided a computer technician training program, internships, soft-skills training, and supportive services to participants who were low income to help them obtain computer certification and find jobs in the information technology sector.

Per Scholas participants enrolled in a 15-week, 500-hour-long computer technician training program that consisted of instruction and practice related to assembly, configuration, installation, upgrade, and repair of personal computers, printers, and copiers.

This training program prepared participants to obtain an entry-level computer certification. After the training program, Per Scholas offered participants internships with local employers or with the Per Scholas recycling and refurbishing center.

The program also provided life skills and employability training, career mentoring, job placement assistance, post-employment services, and assistance with work attire.

Participants were individuals with low incomes who had a GED or a high school diploma, had been in and out of the labor market, and had tested at the 10th-grade level in both English and math. Per Scholas was implemented in New York City, NY.

The study of sector-focused programs also evaluated two other interventions: Jewish Vocational Service-Boston and the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnerships.

Year evaluation began: 2003
Populations and employment barriers: General low-income population
Intervention services: Case management, Employment retention services, Soft skills training, Supportive services, Training, Occupational or sectoral training, Work readiness activities, Employment coaching, Job search assistance, Job development/job placement
Setting(s): Urban only

Effectiveness rating and effect by outcome domain

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Outcome domain Term Effectiveness rating Effect in 2018 dollars and percentages Effect in standard deviations Sample size
Increase earnings Short-term Little evidence to assess support favorable $293 per year 0.014 690
Long-term Supported favorable $4,309 per year 0.206 1027
Very long-term Supported favorable $4,560 per year 0.218 690
Increase employment Short-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable -3% (in percentage points) -0.080 690
Long-term Not supported favorable 3% (in percentage points) 0.074 1027
Very long-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable -1% (in percentage points) -0.025 690
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable $94 per year 0.034 690
Increase education and training All measurement periods No evidence to assess support

Effects over time by outcome domain

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Size and direction of effects
Services were delivered for 4 months
Moderate-to-large favorable effect Small favorable effect
No effect
Small unfavorable effect Moderate-to-large unfavorable effect
Hollow data points indicate average effects that may be due to chance.

Services were delivered for 4 months

Years since the start of service delivery Size of the effect on earnings Size of the effect on employment
0.00
0.25
0.50
0.75
1.00 Small favorable effect 0.01 Small unfavorable effect -0.08
1.25
1.50
1.75
2.00 Moderate-to-large favorable effect 0.37* Small favorable effect 0.11
2.25
2.50
2.75
3.00
3.25
3.50
3.75
4.00
4.25
4.50
4.75
5.00 Small favorable effect 0.13 Small favorable effect 0.04

Studies of this intervention

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Study quality rating Study counts per rating
High High 2