ERIC Number: ED308410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Industry Based Training in Minnesota.
Stone, James R., III; Dahlgren, Judith
A study identified alternative models of short-term upgrading and updating training for employed workers in business and industry. In phase 1, a literature review provided the basis for a nine-cell matrix that conceptualized alternative models of industry-based training as a function of the skill level the training addressed and the degree of program development activity. Phase 2 was a series of investigations to ascertain the extent to which these conceptualized alternative models were used by business and industry. The research procedures were a telephone survey of Minnesota Technical Institute extension directors, focus group interviews with five selected extension administrators, a survey of businesses in Minnesota, and formation of an advisory committee. Findings indicated that Minnesota's technical institutes conducted a high degree of industry-based training activity. Most of this training was targeted toward the manufacturing and health care industries. The study found evidence of the use of each conceptualized industry-based model. No "one best model" emerged; each model seemed to meet different needs. Barriers to the delivery of industry-based training as perceived by industry included availability of needed courses, program accessibility, and lack of confidence in instructor skills and abilities. (Instruments and 43 references are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.; Minnesota State Board of Vocational-Technical Education, St. Paul.; Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Minnesota Research and Development Center for Vocational Education.