ERIC Number: ED376322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Regional Training Demonstration Project. Final Evaluation Report.
Drewes, Donald W.
A third-party evaluation was conducted of the International Masonry Institute's Regional Training System. Data were collected from the following sources: the enrollment database; surveys of 244 participants (68 prejob apprentices, 8 early leavers, 48 completers, 35 journeyworkers, 23 business agents, 23 craft instructors, 20 cross-craft, and 19 signatory contractors); personal interviews with 81 contractors, trainees, and on-the job graduates; site observations at 3 training centers; and program records. Some of the findings were as follows: (1) 1,228 trainees participated; (2) women accounted for only 3.3% of trainees, nearly 3 of 4 were white, and of nonwhites, over 50% were black; (3) 2 out of 3 enrollees completed the program, Hispanics' noncompletion rate was 17% lower than whites', blacks' noncompletion rate was 22% higher than whites'; (4) considerable disparity existed in program offerings across regions; (5) funds for prejob training exceeded those for other training by as much as 6 to 1; and (6) the existing program was serving trainees from multiple states, as intended. The regional training delivery system was shown to be effective. However, job placement was less than anticipated, transition to the job posed difficulties, and some apprentices complained that the training did not reflect job conditions. A more standardized curriculum was recommended, and attention to equality in minority and gender representation was needed. (Detailed survey results by group are appended.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: International Masonry Inst., Washington, DC.