ERIC Number: ED224518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Research Findings of Employer Needs Assessment Survey.
Williamson, Debra B.
In spring 1981, Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) conducted a needs assessment survey of employers in Darlington, Dillon, Florence, and Marion Counties in South Carolina to collect information that would allow the college to respond more positively to employment and training needs in its service area. The study sought to encourage greater communication with local industry; to determine discrepancies between employment needs and FDTC's programs; to solicit input for determining educational priorities; and to gather opinions and ideas that would be useful in revising programs. A total of 174 firms, employing 30,467 workers, were surveyed. Study findings, based on responses from 70% of the firms and on subsequent on-site interviews with 26 large companies employing more than 250 workers, indicated: (1) 89% of the respondents were familiar with programs at FDTC; (2) 77% reported that they seldom or never employed FDTC graduates, though 92% indicated that they would be willing to do so; (3) 67% felt that job opportunities in their firm for FDTC graduates were good or very good; (4) FDTC training was considered to adequately prepare graduates for their jobs by 88% of the employers who rated the training; and (5) the skills perceived by the employers as most necessary for FDTC graduates were ability to operate and take care of equipment, and a knowledge of safety habits. Employers' recommendations for program improvement and the survey instrument are included. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florence-Darlington Technical Coll., Florence, SC.
Note: Prepared by the Research Unit.