ERIC Number: ED215107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Manufacturers' Views of Vocational Education.
Nunez, Ann R.; Russell, Jill Frymier
A survey of manufacturers was conducted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Center for Research in Vocational Education to elicit the views of NAM members about vocational education--the effectiveness of vocational education, the collaborative activities between manufacturers and vocational education, and manufacturers' suggestions for improvement of vocational education. Two thousand NAM members were randomly selected and mailed the survey, with a 40 percent response. Analysis of their responses yielded the following findings: (1) most manufacturers gave secondary vocational education a "C" grade and gave postsecondary vocational education a "B" grade; (2) more than 50 percent of the respondents indicated that their company benefited from vocational education, and about 85 percent prefer hiring vocational graduates rather than nonvocational graduates for a job requiring less than a four-year college degree; (3) companies, especially large companies involved with vocational eudcation, rated it more satisfactory than companies not involved; (4) many manufacturers are willing to provide work experience programs for students; (5) manufacturers thought both job skills training and employability skills training need to be taught at the high school level; (6) they thought basics should be emphasized and that more employability skills should be taught in high school, and more courses should be offered, for adults as well as young people, at the postsecondary level; (7) the manufacturers did not favor increased spending of public funds for job placement or for training in nontraditional occupations. In general, the survey analysis concluded that vocational education is perceived as doing well and as being beneficial to employers and that they would be willing to help vocational education be more effective. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For a related document see CE 031 741.