The second informational conference on welfare reform - - will address how, if at all, jobs and job benefits can be developed so that employment can be a permanent solution to poverty and welfare dependency. The conference - sponsored by the UI School of Social Work, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, Office of Continuing Education, and the Western Illinois University Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs - was developed in response to suggestions from participants at the spring program. "The Role of Employment in Welfare Reform: What Works?" will focus on "welfare to work" programs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Oregon and around the country in an attempt to identify the strategies that work and those that don't. The conference - scheduled for Oct. 31 at the Capitol in Springfield - will provide participants with current information on the trends in jobs in the United States and Illinois - unskilled vs. skilled and professional - and the demand vs. supply of unskilled workers. Speakers and panelists also will examine the challenges of creating career-path jobs, and the importance of cooperation and coordination among welfare agencies, employers and employment offices. Speakers and panelists will include Rupert Downing, professor of social work and director of field instruction; Anthony Halter, professor of social work; Ralph Husby, professor of economics; and John van Es, professor of sociology. Registration is due Oct. 20. The cost is $20, which covers refreshments and lunch. More information is available from Charles Kozoll or Nancy Young at the UI Office of Continuing Education, 333-1444.