ERIC Number: ED163221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Productivity and Job Security: Retraining to Adapt to Technological Change.
National Center for Productivity and Quality of Working Life, Washington, DC.
This report, the first of a series on productivity and job security, presents five case studies to illustrate retraining to achieve worker's adjustment to technology. The first of seven chapters addresses the following issues: the availability of job training/retraining data, the desirability of informing workers in advance of technological change, advantages/disadvantages of training methods, and the general effectiveness of retraining to assure job security. The first case study, presented in chapter 2, discusses the removal of foundry worker's apprehensions about moving into a new foundry through on-the-job training (OJT) and assurances that job declines would be met through attrition. Chapter 3 examines a case in which single craft mechanics were transformed to multicraft personnel through OJT and home study. The fourth chapter contains a case in which graphic arts innovations and employer attitudes resulted in mature worker's layoffs. Chapter 5 discusses the use of simulation to upgrade welders' skills. Chapter 6 recounts a case in which Detroit retrained building inspectors. The importance of continuing education and training are emphasized in chapter 7. This final chapter formulates policy implications and suggests that efforts to achieve high productivity through technology is generally accepted by unions provided companies pursue a job security policy. (Other reports in this series are also available--see note.) (CSS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Case Studies, City Government, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Problems, Improvement, Industrial Training, Information Dissemination, Job Layoff, Job Security, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force, Labor Force Development, On the Job Training, Productivity, Retraining, Skill Obsolescence, Technological Advancement, Tenure, Training Methods, Training Objectives, Vocational Adjustment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Productivity and Quality of Working Life, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents see ED 149 142 and CE 017 486