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ERIC Number: ED356348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-3
Pages: 11
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An Analysis of Employee Skills Required by Employers in Wyoming.
Baird, Mary; And Others
A survey of 177 employers of Wyoming vocational education graduates sought to identify skills and competencies the graduates needed. A random sample of 525 businesses both Wyoming-based and foreign (home-based outside of Wyoming) were mailed surveys; 267 survey forms were returned, but only 177 provided data for analysis. Findings indicated that the skills and abilities needed by beginning employees was very much dependent on the industry or business for which they were preparing. All respondents rated basic academic skills as important, but the data indicated that they alone were not sufficient. Employers indicated that over 57 percent of their beginning employees had a high school diploma or the equivalent. Higher order math, science, reading, and writing skills were all perceived to be of lesser importance. Average scores for higher order skills placed them at the bottom of the list. All work attitudes and job-holding abilities received an average rating of importance that was equal to or higher than any on the employee skill list, with the exception of dress and/or appearance and the ability to advance on the job. A recommendation was for vocational education programs to teach and reinforce work attitudes and habits. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wyoming