ERIC Number: ED361553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Feasibility Study of Youth Apprenticeship in Arkansas.
Jobs for the Future, Inc., West Somerville, MA.
A study assessed the feasibility and attractiveness of youth apprenticeship in Arkansas in over 80 interviews with employers in 5 key Arkansas industries and occupations. They were allied health, food processing (equipment repair and maintenance and lab technician/quality control), information services, metalworking, and self-employment and options for rural areas. Findings indicated a tremendous need for youth apprenticeship in the growing allied health services industry and a need for electronic industrial machinery maintenance and repair technicians to work on equipment being adopted in food processing and to fill shortages in a range of manufacturing firms. Particularly in rural areas, a youth apprenticeship program in small-scale retail management seemed an option. With some design changes, an existing metalworking apprenticeship could be a valuable experiment in apprenticeship in rural areas. Good career advancement and learning opportunities existed for youth apprentices in food service management. Undetermined design options were teaching team, classroom location, optional postsecondary years, program start in Grade 11 or 12, and opportunities for adult workers. (An executive summary that begins the report is followed by a summary of results of focus groups to gauge student and parent interest in youth apprenticeship. Appendixes include a list of interviewees; maps of county business patterns; and two papers--"Integrated Work and Learning" and "Youth Apprenticeship in Health Services for Arkansas.") (YLB)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations, Apprenticeships, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Change, Equipment Maintenance, Experiential Learning, Feasibility Studies, Food Processing Occupations, Food Service, Group Discussion, High Schools, Information Services, Labor Force Development, Laboratory Technology, Metal Working, Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Postsecondary Education, Program Design, Quality Control, Rural Areas, Self Employment, Skilled Occupations, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Inc., West Somerville, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas