ERIC Number: ED317671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Empirical Evidence on Private Training. Background Paper No. 7a.
Recent trends indicate increased interest in the education and training of the labor force. However, information in the extent of on-the-job training (OJT) is complicated by conceptual difficulties, such as the informal nature of much OJT, lack of reliable cost data on formal training, and the fact that many studies based on stratified samples lack weighting to a total population. Varying estimates of the numbers of workers to whom training is provided arise due to different approaches to measuring the types and duration of training, with few studies tracking trends over time. Studies of differences among types of workers trained lack consensus on whether male or female, union or nonunion workers receive more OJT. Generally, white, more educated, and full-time workers are trained more. No firm relationship between training and employer size has been determined. In some studies, minimum wage laws appear to constrain training. Overall, the lack of information seriously hampers the formation of policy. If concern about employer-sponsored training is likely to continue, systematic data collection is vital. (43 references) (SK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC. Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In "Investing in People: A Strategy to Address America's Workforce Crisis" (CE 054 080).