ERIC Number: ED235869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Future Skill Needs Assessment of Selected Metropolitan Milwaukee Business and Industry.
Human Resource Services, Milwaukee, WI.
In spring 1983, a study was commissioned by Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) to identify the skills that would be needed by local businesses and industries within the next 5 to 7 years due to technological changes. Interviews were conducted with 25 deans, associate deans, and instructors at MATC and with representatives from 39 area firms. Industry representatives, including 39 personnel/human resources vice-presidents and 115 individuals with knowledge of the day-to-day operations and planned or projected changes in the companies, were asked about recent changes in the knowledge and skills necessary to job performance, existing skill deficiencies in current employees or job applicants, and new skills and jobs that would be required in the future. Findings, which were organized to correspond to MATC curricula, included the following: (1) future needs were difficult for the respondents to project due to rapidly changing technology; (2) firms were often dissatisfied with the basic educational skills of prospective employees; (3) computer skills were felt to be essential to occupations in mechanical drafting, metallurgy, technical engineering, tool and die making, electromechanical technology/hydraulics-pneumatics, industrial engineering, data processing, and business administration; and (4) two-year college graduates in the fields of nursing and business administration were expected to face increasing competition from four-year graduates. (LAL)
Descriptors: Demand Occupations, Employment Projections, Employment Qualifications, Job Skills, Personnel Evaluation, Technical Institutes, Technical Occupations, Technological Advancement, Trade and Industrial Education, Two Year Colleges
Coordinator, Economic Development Division, Milwaukee Area Technical College, 1015 North Sixth St., Milwaukee, WI 53203.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Milwaukee Area Technical Coll., WI. Div. of Economic Development.
Authoring Institution: Human Resource Services, Milwaukee, WI.
Identifiers: Wisconsin (Milwaukee)