ERIC Number: ED371188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Developing a High Performance Work Force--MAPI Survey of Selected Manufacturing Companies' Training Programs. MAPI Economic Report ER-278.
Buckley, Patricia A.; Miller, Leslie D.
The Manufacturers' Alliance for Productivity and Innovation surveyed the members of its two Human Resources Councils to obtain feedback on the training employers provide their employees. The survey inquired about features of company training initiatives, special training programs that arose from a specific training need that had been instituted, and ongoing company-sponsored training programs. Responses from 72 employers revealed that a sizable majority of respondents were strongly committed to increasing the skill levels of their work forces as a way of improving their competitiveness position. As measured both in terms of dollars spent as a percent of payroll and the percent of employee hours devoted to training activities, companies committed substantial resources to training. A cause for concern was that a high proportion of training dollars were spent on employees who already had high levels of formal education. Only 36 percent of respondents spent over one-half of their training resources for nonsupervisory production and clerical workers. Comments indicated the training process was increasing being integrated into the manufacturing process rather than serving as a stand-alone activity. (A summary of data responses to the survey questionnaire on company training programs is included.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manufacturers' Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, Washington, DC.