ERIC Number: ED347389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Customized Training in the Workplace.
Hodson, Randy; And Others
Rapid changes in manufacturing technology and procedures have created a need for additional training for manufacturing workers. Traditional postsecondary vocational training is generally perceived as not adequately meeting this need because vocational training programs quickly become obsolete in the face of rapid workplace change. Customized labor training, typically implemented at the workplace, has been identified as a possible alternative to vocational training. Such training programs are frequently oriented toward specific organizational needs rather than toward general skill development. Based on 65 in-depth interviews with personnel directors, trainers, and students in 20 organizations using customized labor training programs, 3 different settings are specified that entail different background conditions and outcomes for customized training: (1) large, unionized monopoly sector firms that have developed intensive training programs; (2) smaller, periphery sector firms that use state support for training largely as a subsidy to underwrite initial orientation costs for workers; and (3) new starts, many of them Japanese owned, that substitute training in communication skills and group processes for training in specific job skills. The implications of these different settings for the future of customized labor training are discussed. (56 references) (Author/NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ameritech Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Inst. for Development Strategies.