ERIC Number: ED174809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
Transferable Skills: The Employers' Viewpoint. Information Series No. 126.
Wiant, Allen A.
A series of nine conferences were held to determine how representatives of local businesses and industries across the U.S. view the kinds of skills that are occupationally transferable, and to identify the types of skills important in their firms' work settings in qualifying for job transfers and progressions. Conference participants were persons from a variety of business and industry contexts who had experience in personnel administration and a good understanding of their firms' personnel policies and policy rationale. Each conference centered around four topics: (1) personal occupational experiences and skills, (2) patterns of occupational mobility, (3) assessment of transferable skills, and (4) usefulness of the transferable skills concept. Results of the conferences indicated that communicating, working with others, problem solving, analyzing/assessing, planning/layout, organizing, managing others, decision making, and positive work attitudes were mentioned most frequently as transferable skills. It was also found that possession of transferable skills is more essential for job openings with long term potential as opposed to immediate job openings. While opinions differed concerning vocational education's role, it was suggested that skills that assist employees to be independent should be emphasized by schools. (A discussion and conclusion section concludes the report.) (LRA)
Descriptors: Conference Reports, Educational Responsibility, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Employment Practices, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Occupational Mobility, Promotion (Occupational), Relocation, Research Reports, School Business Relationship, School Role, Skill Development, Transfer of Training, Transfer Policy, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.