This toolkit is intended to inform America’s Promise Grantees about strategies to increase participant retention and improve completion rates that lead to employment in their field of study.
Participant retention strategies should be planned for at the start of a program and should continue throughout the term of the project. This requires close coordination among the grant lead, the training provider, the public workforce entity (if that is not the grant holder) and community-based organizations assisting with recruitment and delivering supportive services. The resources in this toolkit may be relevant during the project’s planning stage as well as during program implementation. Participant retention is crucial to ensuring completion, employment, and supporting the fulfillment of participants earning family-sustaining wages.