ERIC Number: ED217121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Apprenticeship Research: Emerging Findings and Future Trends. Proceedings of a Conference on Apprenticeship Training (Washington, D.C., April 30-May 1, 1980).
Briggs, Vernon M., Jr., Ed.; Foltman, Felician F., Ed.
This conference sought to identify and evaluate critical developments within the contemporary apprenticeship training system. Input came from educators, scholars, federal officials, and persons from labor and management. Conference participants stated that more persons are in apprenticeships (395,000) in the United States than ever before, but there was no agreement about whether this supply of apprentices is large enough and is in the right occupational areas to prevent a skilled labor shortage in the future. Conference presenters stated that gains had been made in providing equal opportunity for minorities, especially blacks, during the past few years, through outreach programs and other nontraditional methods of recruitment. Gains have also been made by females, although the percentage of female apprentices remains low. The same is true for Hispanics, who are becoming increasingly vocal about their need for more apprenticeship opportunities. Other issues discussed by conference participants included the following: (1) whether equity for minority groups is compatible with economic efficiency; (2) whether age requirements for apprentices should be lowered to encourage more youth to participate or raised to permit women to enter later in life; (3) the propriety of financial incentives to encourage industry to expand apprenticeships; (4) the quality of apprenticeship training; and (5) linkages of apprenticeships with other training systems. (KC)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Age Discrimination, Apprenticeships, Blacks, Conferences, Employment Projections, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Hispanic Americans, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Males, Minority Groups, Nontraditional Occupations, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Sex Fairness, Skilled Occupations
ILR Publications, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 ($7.50; discounts available on orders of six or more copies).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell Univ.