ERIC Number: ED339892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Employer Perceptions of Single Parent/Homemakers' Skills.
Taylor, Angela; And Others
A study determined employer perceptions of single parents/displaced homemakers' skills after receiving training through special training centers across Kentucky. Centers were funded through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act. Employer perceptions of single parents/displaced homemakers in comparison to other employees was also investigated. Attention was also given to identifying transitional characteristics as this population moved from training to employment. A literature review focused on employer expectations regarding employee skills. Data were collected through a written survey and interviews with 99 Kentucky employers who had hired single parents/displaced homemakers during the past 2 years. Employers rated the single parent/displaced homemaker graduates as having the necessary skills to perform their job duties well. As a whole, these employees were able to make appropriate transitions from an unpaid working status to paid employment. Employers did not view the single parent/displaced homemaker as any different than other employees who had been hired. In written survey results, employers spoke more highly of worker characteristics such as attitude, motivation, and flexibility than of actual job skills of these employees. In qualitative interviews, employers listed worker characteristics more often as strengths than job skills. (Appendixes include a list of 13 references, correspondence, survey, interview schedule, and 3 tables.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Office of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Northern Kentucky Univ., Highland Heights.