ERIC Number: ED091579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparison of Union Construction Workers Who Have Achieved Journeyman Status Through Apprenticeship and Other Means.
Marshall, Ray; And Others
The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of apprenticeship on the employment and earnings of selected construction craftsmen and secondarily to learn how informally trained journeymen learned their trades. Information was sought from fringe benefit records and from interviews with over 1,700 journeymen, union officials, contractors, and other people with experience in and knowledge of the construction industry. Six basic trades (bricklayers, carpenters, electrical workers, ironworkers, plumbers and pipefitters, and sheet metal workers) were studied in nine cities (Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Houston; Jackson, Mississippi; New York; Oakland; and San Francisco). Data support the hypothesis that apprenticeship graduates tend to work more than informally trained journeymen and that apprenticeship-trained craftsmen are more broadly trained and suffer less from unemployment than other journeymen. The case is not as strong, but the data also indicate that apprenticeship-trained men are relatively overrepresented in supervisory positions. Recommendations for improving the apprenticeship system are made. Included are a 60-item bibliography and guides for interviews with journeymen and business agents. (NTIS/SC)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Bricklaying, Building Trades, Carpentry, Electricians, Employment Level, Employment Potential, Employment Practices, Labor Utilization, Plumbing, Sheet Metal Work, Skill Development, Skilled Occupations, Skilled Workers, Trade and Industrial Education, Trainees, Unions, Wages
National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22151
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for the Study of Human Resources.