ERIC Number: ED331963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Structural Change on Labor Supply in Wisconsin.
Gyan-Baffour, George; Shaffer, Ron
A survey of 501 Wisconsin firms (260 responses) assessed the impact of changes in demand, productivity, and technology on the employment needs and training requirements of Wisconsin employers in 10 selected economic sectors. Major findings included the following: (1) Wisconsin's services sector has recently experienced major employment growth and will continue to do so, requiring more training for nurses, medical technologists, nurses' aides, and computer programmers; (2) although manufacturing has grown less than the services sector, skill requirements for some manufacturing jobs have changed; (3) the occupational preparation of most new entrants is above average, but only a few workers were described as "very well prepared"; (4) new technology will not drastically change skill requirements, although basic and technical components need to be upgraded; (5) employers emphasize the need to train employees in the technology-oriented occupations; and (6) employers prefer on-the-job and in-house training to that offered by vocational-technical education. The report provides information on employment growth and training needs for these fields: hospital industry; nursing and personal care facilities; personnel supply services; computer programming, data processing, and other computer-related services; accident and health insurance and medical services plans; computer and office equipment; electrical transmission and distribution equipment manufacturing; electrical industrial apparatus; communications equipment industry; and engineering, scientific, and research instruments industry. Appendixes consist of the survey questionnaire and staffing patterns of surveyed industries; 14 tables and 35 references are included. (KC)
Descriptors: Demand Occupations, Economic Change, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Employment Projections, Entry Workers, Industrial Structure, Job Training, Labor Economics, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Occupational Information, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.