ERIC Number: ED371816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Florida Employer Opinion Survey. Annual Report, June 1993.
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
Each year the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) conducts surveys to determine the opinions of employers about the preparation of graduates of vocational programs. The 1993 survey focused on eight school district and community college occupational training areas (i.e., automotive technology, gasoline engine mechanics, machining, business administration and management, patient care assistant, paramedics, medical assisting, and medical laboratory technology) and three university-level degree disciplines (i.e., architecture, library science, and pharmacy). Employers were selected only if they had hired a program completer in a job related to his/her training. Survey components were selected from the intended outcomes defined within the core curriculum of each school district and community college, while survey components were developed from other sources for the university disciplines. Eleven specific surveys were developed, covering employer hiring needs, general education and preparation, and specific occupational preparation. Study findings, based on a 75% response rate from the 868 firms surveyed, included the following: (1) overall, employers indicated that they were satisfied with the vocational education, entry-level preparation, and work habits of their new workers, with the employers of university graduates and paramedic and patient care assistant program completers indicating the highest level of satisfaction; (2) employers were more likely to be satisfied with job-related skills or "technical skills" than with basic skills; (3) respondents were satisfied with many basic skill areas with which they had been dissatisfied in the past, though they continued to be dissatisfied with writing and leadership skills. Survey instruments are appended. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
Identifiers - Location: Florida