ERIC Number: ED216710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Third Annual Employer Satisfaction Survey.
Broadbent, William A.
A study was conducted in 1980 to ascertain employer attitudes toward and satisfaction with the performance of graduates of vocational education programs in Hawaii. Interviews with 41 employers, who employed an average of 132 workers, sought general perceptions of the knowledge, quality of work, written and oral skills, dependability, adaptability, motivation, and responsibility of graduates of high school and community college vocational training programs. They were also asked to compare these graduates with employees who had no vocational training. The study revealed that 87.9% of the respondents considered graduates of training programs to be better prepared than individuals without such training. Graduates of high school vocational programs were rated as average or just above average on 9 of the 11 performance scales, while graduates of community college programs were rated between average and good on the 11 scales. Over 56% of the vocational education graduates who had concluded their training at the secondary level had business skills training, and 31.8% of the community college vocational graduates were trained in business and 19.5% in food service. The study report includes comments volunteered by respondents with respect to vocationally trained employees. Appendices provide the interview schedule and results of a separate survey of 28 employers of Manpower Training Program graduates, which focused on the same questions. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Office of the State Director for Vocational Education.
Note: Originally published as Appendix A of "State Annual Accountability Report for Vocational Education, 1981".