ERIC Number: ED069864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Training and Skill Acquisition: A Pilot Case Study.
Somers, Gerald; Roomkin, Myron
Although it was generally recognized that the acquisition of productive skills occurred mainly in private industry, either through formal company training programs or simply through "learning by doing," very little specific information about such training was available. This study of the inplant training procedures of one company was conducted to provide data on industrial training practices to determine the relative benefits of different types of skills acquisition training, to examine the transferability of skills, and to evaluate the methodological techniques used in surveys of company training programs. It was found that a combination of classroom and on-the-job training resulted in quicker promotion and higher salaries for employees than either of these forms of training alone. Previous education and training was found to reduce the amount of job training required. A shutdown of the plant being studied did not provide an appropriate test of transfer of skills from that plant to other employment, although the prior skill development was a major influence in transfer to new jobs. Recommended methods of data gathering for future surveys included a combination of personal interviews and mail questionnaires. (MF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Industrial Relations Research Inst.