ERIC Number: ED336510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-27
Workplace Education Efforts in Small Business: Learning from the Field. Final Report.
Vencill, Mary P.; And Others
A study identified and conducted onsite case studies of 18 different education programs conducted by small companies. Two-thirds of them were conducted by manufacturing companies; the remainder were in health services, construction, or transportation companies. Most of the programs served fewer than 25 workers and had been in operation for less than 1 year. Typical programs addressed workers' basic skills needs; most offered classes in English, English as a Second Language (ESL), mathematics, and high school equivalency test preparation. Most programs relied on workbooks from basic education classes; instructional techniques varied. The defining features that all 18 programs had in common were as follows: (1) active involvement of management; (2) targeting production or hourly workers; and (3) a substantial link to the workplace. The companies usually started their programs because someone made it easy for them to do so, rather than because of a strong internal motivation, and because providing such programs enhanced their public image. The companies supported the programs because of their concerns for safety, product quality, productivity, promotability, and workers' personal development. Employers and employees alike were enthusiastic about the programs. Recommendations were made to inform educators of the needs of small businesses and to make programs affordable. (Appendixes include profiles of small business efforts in workplace education, sources of assistance, and a 74-item bibliography.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Small Business Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Berkeley Planning Associates, CA.