ERIC Number: ED246190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
America at Work: The Management Perspective On Training for Business.
ITT Educational Services, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
A study examined management perspectives on retraining workers and educational alternatives for such training. During the study, more than 300 senior human resource executives from Fortune 1500 firms across the nation were interviewed by telephone. Of those interviewed, 84 percent felt that their workers are concerned about such issues as: losing their jobs; dramatic changes in their present jobs; and their abilities to learn new job skills. When faced with the problem of skills obsolescence, 44 percent of those interviewed stated that they would be most likely to hire new employees with required skill rather than retrain existing employees. According to the executives interviewed, employees' willingness to be retrained and their existing skills were the two most crucial factors in managerial decisions concerning which employees to retrain. Although training and retraining programs varied widely from firm to firm, it appeared that, in general, retraining pressures are shifting increasingly to middle management. In all, 60 percent of those participating in the survey favored some sort of shared responsibility for the funding of retraining programs. Finally, 65 percent of the executives expressed confidence in workers' ability to continue to maintain high standards. (Appended to this report is more detailed information on the survey methodology and respondents.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Demography, Dislocated Workers, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Employer Attitudes, Employment Practices, Financial Support, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Retraining, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, Skill Obsolescence, Tables (Data)
PR Manager, ITT Educational Services, Inc., 3500 DePauw Blvd., P.O. Box 68888, Indianapolis, IN 46268 (Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ITT Educational Services, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.