The Power of Career- and Employer- Focused Training and Education

This memo from MDRC summarizes extant research and promising practices related to career-focused education and training. The researchers examine different approaches including sector strategies, career academies, high school equivalency and integrated basic education. They conclude that programs that target in-demand industries, include heavy engagement from employer partners, and help learners work toward an industry-recognized credential have the potential to dramatically improve economic outcomes for learners.