In September last year, we started a research project in Washington State working with organizations that provide ICT skills training and other employment-related services to help low-income, low-skilled, and unemployed people improve their employment opportunities in the labor market. We were interested in exploring three particular research questions:
- Do ICT skills training improve employment opportunities for these groups?
- Do ICT skills and use of ICT at work has an effect on wages for those employed after the training?
- Are there any aspirational benefits that contribute to employment outcomes?
In the next series of blogs I'll try to articulate the findings of the study and confront through this some of the roadblocks that are getting me stocked and my own internal intellectual struggle to move this project forward