ERIC Number: ED211693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec-4
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education and Productivity.
Watson, Robert, Jr.
Vocational education can contribute to an improved United States productivity by producing an effective work force. People together with technology are two major factors in improving productivity, and they must be integrated. Industry is in the forefront of the efforts to improve productivity. It has encouraged management in long-range strategic planning, adopted the concept of quality circles, started to use robotics, and included in the overall productivity improvement program assessment centers, performance appraisals, and supervisory skills training programs. Effects from these efforts will not appear for at least a decade. Work in the area of the people--tomorrow's work force--should show results much sooner. Vocational education should adopt a pro-active innovative approach to producing new workers. An absolute must is development of a rapport/relationship with industry and business. The people responsible for business/industry liaison should learn the language and be able to provide feedback for designing programs based on real needs. Since the worker is also being acknowledged as a person and contributing member of the team, basic employability skills training is even more important. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of State Directors of Vocational Education (63rd, Atlanta, GA, December 4, 1981).