The cost of participating in skills training goes beyond tuition or costs of a training course – it also includes non-tuition costs like transportation, childcare, books, supplies, and equipment, etc. For too many people with low incomes – particularly people balancing the costs of training with family expenses — those costs present a barrier to skills training. Federal human services programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) can provide these critical supportive services. However, they are often underutilized by states or not used in alignment with skills training efforts. States can better leverage these federal programs, and create their own policies, to expand peoples’ access to high-quality skills training.
- Broadening the Apprenticeship Pipeline l August 2018
- Skills-Based SNAP Employment and Training Policy Toolkit and Toolkit Summary | December 2016
- Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative: How TANF can support skills for low-income parents and how policymakers can help l October 2016
- Building Skills through SNAP Employment & Training: Recommendations from Lessons Learned in Four States l April 2016