ERIC Number: ED356828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Mid-Mon Valley Survey: Education and Training Needs.
Cunningham, Pearley; Sandrock, Brad L.
In May 1991, a survey was conducted of businesses and industries in the Mid-Mon Valley in Pennsylvania to develop a profile of the companies, determine their competitiveness and expansion since completion of a 1987 Business Outreach Survey, determine their use of technology, identify training needs for the Mid-Mon Valley, and examine how companies work with local schools at all levels. A total of 139 companies were contacted, and 75 responded for a 54% response rate. Major findings of the study included the following: (1) while companies with over 100 employees are few in number, they hire the majority of workers in the Mid-Mon Valley; (2) manufacturing was the most common activity among companies surveyed; (3) since 1987, companies appeared to have drawn closer to home, doing less business at the tri-state level; (4) although employment was up 18.6% over 1987, it was still 32% below the 1984 level; (5) semi-skilled jobs doubled in number, while unskilled jobs declined by one-half; (6) while companies were making considerable purchases in computers and related software, they were not making accompanying changes in employment training and were relying heavily on on-the-job training; (7) companies found it difficult to recruit and hire skilled labor, with most reporting "word of mouth" as the most common recruitment technique; (8) the most frequently mentioned quality desired of employees was a positive work attitude; and (9) 34% of companies were involved in cooperative education programs, while an additional 33% expressed an interest in such programs. Specific recommendations for companies, economic development agencies, and educational institutions; detailed data tables; a copy of the survey instrument; and a list of participating companies are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Allegheny County Community Coll., West Mifflin, PA. South Campus.