ERIC Number: ED328679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Apprenticeship: A Partnership Project. Final Report.
Lawton, Marcy F.
An 18-month demonstration program was conducted by the Northern Virginia Cooperative Vocational Education Department of the Fairfax County Public Schools, in partnership with the Virginia Merit Shop Foundation, to recruit and train apprentices for eight construction trades. Emphasis was placed on recruiting women, members of minority groups, and English-as-a-Second-Language clients. During the program, approximately 400 apprentices were recruited, with the highest number between ages 26-38, and a large number of 18- to 25-year-olds. Staff included five full-time and two part-time employees. Students were recruited through advertising, public service announcements, and social service agencies. Evaluation at the program's midpoint showed a need to be more selective in recruiting and to spend more time on job development--changes that were made. As a result of the program, 82 clients were placed in jobs, one-fourth as electricians. Recommendations were made to: (1) tailor the program for each target group; (2) incorporate appropriate intake assessment; (3) make scheduling flexible; (4) allow lead time for job development (which became more difficult as the economy declined); (5) make use of networking; and (6) find creative means of transportation for clients. Products developed by the project include manuals for managers and clients, several brochures, a poster, and a 10-minute videotape now available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and English. (Included in this document are a final evaluation report, "Northern Virginia Cooperative Vocational Education Demonstration Program. 1989-1990 Grant Period" (Ruth L. Petkoff), information on the videotape, list of participating agencies and organizations, project publicity, staff job descriptions, and baseline management plan.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Apprenticeships, Building Trades, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, English (Second Language), Females, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Minority Groups, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, Second Language Instruction, Skilled Workers, Student Recruitment, Trainees, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Fairfax County Schools, VA.; Virginia Merit Shop Education Foundation, Alexandria.