Placement and tracking of students is the final and one of the most important activities highlighting the completion of successful environmental job training. While it is the last step, it is one of the most difficult to complete successfully.
Time and effort for placement, and especially for tracking, can easily be underestimated as its fulfillment extends years after graduation. Ultimately, the goals of placement and tracking are to:
The objective of placement is to find the best job match for each student. After finding that job, it may be necessary to provide additional support to students in their jobs or to assist in relocation if placements fail.
Tracking is more administrative in nature and follows each student’s progress, including promotions, salaries, and commendations. Most Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grantees have found student tracking to be extremely difficult as graduates move, change employment, and migrate into new jobs. An effective tracking program establishes a method for capturing post-graduation training and work experiences.
Successful tracking requires close relationships with employers and students. Building a culture that welcomes, values, and promotes continued participation by program graduates is the prerequisite for a tracking program that works. Sometimes, however, incentives are necessary to bring information back after students have graduated.
Why are placement and tracking so important?
Finding good jobs for EWDJT program graduates can be subdivided into three tasks.