ERIC Number: ED392975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul-14
Reference Count: N/A
Employer Participation in Work-Based Learning.
Hightower, Amy M.; And Others
A study examined the incentives and disincentives for employer involvement in established work-based learning (WBL) programs. Data were collected from the following sources in March-April 1995: case studies of selected programs offering WBL opportunities in Boston (Massachusetts) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania); telephone interviews with 21 WBL program coordinators across the United States; and telephone surveys of 86 employers in 15 communities with high levels of employer participation in WBL. The main incentives for participation in WBL cited reflected employers' desire to attract new employees, help improve education and the community, reduce the costs of recruiting new employees, and gain an opportunity to make improvements within their organization. The main disincentives cited may be categorized as follows: employer-related factors, WBL program-related factors, and economic uncertainty. Although most of these are beyond the control of programs, their coordinating entities, or their governing bodies, several factors related to program design/structure, coordination, and outreach/employer recruiting that employers considered important by employees can be controlled by programs. Contains 18 tables/figures. Appendixes constituting approximately 75% of this document contain the following: profiles of Boston and Philadelphia; ratings of incentives and disincentives to WBL participation; interview guides/results; and analysis of employers grouped by similar characteristics.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Employer Role; Employer Surveys; Massachusetts (Boston); Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)