Workforce Development

Focus: HOPE: A Case Study of a Sectoral Employment Development Approach

December 1, 2000  • Maureen Conway, Susan Turner-Meikeljohn & Jeffery W. Thompson

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Focus: HOPE, a Detroit civil rights organization, focuses on the metalworking industry and has developed a continuum of training and educational opportunities for occupations ranging from semi-skilled entry-level factory workers to manufacturing engineers. Intense industry knowledge and close contacts with the Big Three automakers have enabled Focus: HOPE to help minorities and women gain access to jobs and career paths in the auto-related industries of metropolitan Detroit. This publication is part of the Sectoral Case Study Series, which offers an in-depth look at six sectoral employment programs and how they impact both clients and the industry in which they operate.