François Dussault


valuation de l'impact du programme Sprint sur la situation au marché du travail de ses diplômés


The Individual Subsidy and Loan Program for Workers (SPRINT) was introduced by the Quebec government in September 1992 to financially support workers who have been active in the workplace for a minimum of six years and who would like to obtain an occupational training diploma at the secondary or collegial level. A survey was conducted in December 1996with graduates who had completed their training program between September 1992 and September 1995 and with clients admitted to the program who did not participate in it. The latter group was a control group in evaluating the program's impact on the graduates' employment rate at the time of the survey, the amount of time unemployed since the end of their training, and their remuneration. The results of regression equations estimates by the Probit or the Ordinary Least-Squares methods, as the case may be, indicate that the results obtained in the workplace by the graduates do not differ from those obtained by the members of the control group. To correct for possible selection bias in the estimation, various specific equations were tested without changing the results. Added to the already numerous results of other evaluations, these results suggest that occupational training programs are far from a panacea and can be ineffective unless certain conditions are met.