ERIC Number: ED356417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The Need for Work Force Education. Fastback 350.
Gordon, Edward E.
Educational problems underlie the crisis in the high-tech workplace. Insufficient expenditures for workplace education result in low productivity. Technology requires a skilled work force; the chief competitive advantage for a nation will be its skilled workers. Workplace literacy has been a half-hearted effort. Investment of billions by U.S. business in new state-of-the-art technology will not increase productivity unless parallel investments are made in employee training. Basic literacy is a 20th-century phenomenon driven by the needs of a more urban, industrial economy. The work force literacy gap is fueled by high school graduates who are functionally illiterate for basic entry-level positions and by increased numbers of poorly educated minorities and immigrants in the labor force. Some businesses have creatively responded to the crisis with effective, high-quality work force education initiatives. One such company is the suburban Chicago plant of Clorox, which uses the Individualized Instructional Program mastery-learning tutorial model. Another part of the work force literacy effort is taking place in the public schools. Business is mobilizing to help the schools prepare future employees through creative partnerships. Significant work force education trends that will take the nation into the next century include every student's completion of high school, increased financial commitment to public education, higher achievement standards, and businesses' investment in training and development. (Contains 20 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Corporate Support, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Literacy Education, School Business Relationship, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education, Workplace Literacy
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.