ERIC Number: ED240356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Limited Utility of Vocational Education: California Employers' Views.
Wilms, Wellford W.
Public Affairs Report, v24 n4 Aug 1983
A study examined the views of a sample of Los Angeles area employers concerning the utility of vocational education. During the study, researchers surveyed a group of employers from a predominantly nonwhite, relatively poor section of downtown Los Angeles and a group of employers from the fast-growing, affluent, predominantly white, planned industrial suburb of Torrence. The responses of the members of the two groups did not differ significantly from one another. As far as these employers were concerned, good working habits and positive attitudes are the most crucial elements to an employee's success on the job. Contrary to popular belief, the employers felt that recent technological changes have had little impact on the skills required to perform most entry-level jobs. The survey results suggest that, contrary to the claims of its advocates, vocational education confers few special advantages on applicants for entry-level jobs, with only one in five employees paying higher salaries to entry-level workers with vocational as opposed to academic backgrounds. Based on these findings, study recommendations called for reforming secondary vocational education, coordinating vocational programs with employer-based skill training, and paying more attention to the needs of small firms for specialized skill training. (MN)
Descriptors: Educational Attitudes, Educational Benefits, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Outcomes of Education, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, State Surveys, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Institute of Governmental Studies, 109 Bernard Moses Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. of Governmental Studies.
Identifiers: California; Employer Surveys