ERIC Number: ED343021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Wisconsin's Aging Workforce: Trends in Vocational Education. A Research Study.
Fox Valley Technical Coll., Appleton, WI.
A study of the aging work force and vocational education trends in Wisconsin was conducted using the following methods: literature review, analysis of a sample of 10% of Wisconsin technical college student records for 1986-1990, a focus group discussion with 5 employers and one with 10 adult students over 40, and a telephone survey of 100 employers and one of 200 students over 40 at Fox Valley Technical College. Among the conclusions are the following: (1) progress is hampered by the multiple meanings of such terms as "aging work force,""older worker,""lifelong learning," and "training"; (2) skills obsolescence is the greatest single issue, the scope of which is difficult to determine; (3) older adults need better information about the importance of continuing education to successful employment; (4) programs for disadvantaged mature workers should be prevention oriented rather than crisis oriented; (5) employers may not be the best judges of current and future skill levels; (6) technical colleges need a better understanding of the adult clientele; (7) age discrimination still exists in employment and education; and (8) continued training and skill upgrading are needed by all employees, necessitating a more formal approach to employee training. (The report includes the following: 41 charts, 16 tables, 27 references, 3 appendices containing employer and adult student survey forms and focus group questions, and an annotated bibliography of 14 items.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Adult Programs, Adult Vocational Education, Aging (Individuals), Continuing Education, Employer Attitudes, Enrollment Trends, Futures (of Society), Labor Needs, Literature Reviews, Middle Aged Adults, Older Adults, Older Workers, Population Trends, Postsecondary Education, Retraining, Technical Institutes, Training Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Fox Valley Technical Coll., Appleton, WI.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin