ERIC Number: ED351521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Skill Needs and Training Strategies in the Wisconsin Printing Industry.
Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center on Wisconsin Strategy.
A study examined the emerging skill needs in the Wisconsin printing industry, a key industry that provided the largest increase (more than 13,000 new jobs) in manufacturing employment in the state in the past decade. Eighteen interviews were conducted with industry personnel and production managers, union representatives, technical college instructors, and industry-affiliated associations; and a mail survey was administered to a random sample of 232 printing firms throughout the state (with 89 questionnaires returned) to gather information related to industrial structure, skill needs, and training activity. The study found that printing firms are facing strong pressures to adopt new computer-based technologies, to speed up work, and to create higher quality work. As a result, skill requirements have increased for production workers. The supply of skilled labor was seen as inadequate, and in-house training programs for workers ranged from none to elaborate efforts. The following recommendations were made to address the emerging skill needs of the Wisconsin printing industry: (1) expand enrollments in graphic arts programs in technical colleges; (2) institute cooperative training programs; (3) focus on providing high-level general occupational training; (4) focus on meeting the needs of medium-sized full-service printers and trade shops; (5) implement more extensive faculty internship programs; (6) make better use of innovations in training technologies, existing resources, and training programs; and (7) appoint a central advisory committee to coordinate curricular decisions. (The report includes 30 tables, a bibliography listing 47 references, and appendixes containing study methodology, wage rates in the printing industry, and a glossary.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center on Wisconsin Strategy.