ERIC Number: ED378313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Oregon Works: Assessing the Worker Training and Work Organization Practices of Oregon Employers.
Oregon State Economic Development Dept., Salem.
In 1992, questionnaires regarding the training and work organization practices were mailed to a random sample of 4,000 Oregon employers, and focus groups were held with 100 Oregon managers/employers. The main findings from the completed questionnaires (43% response rate) were as follows: most Oregon employers do not plan for training or treat it as an investment; managerial/administrative and professional/technical employees receive the most and greatest variety of training; most training is provided by in-house training departments, external training vendors/consultants, or industry/trade/professional groups; public job training programs, apprenticeship programs, and labor unions are among the least frequently used training providers; and most of the 3% of Oregon employers who have implemented high performance practices have encountered significant employee skill deficiencies in so doing. The following were identified as challenges facing Oregon: engage employers in promoting competitiveness through high performance work organization; cultivate public-private partnerships; develop policies encouraging/sustaining a high-skill/high-wage economy; continue reforms/improvements in public education and training; and continue to measure progress toward achieving training and high performance benchmarks. (Appended are the following: mail survey instrument and results, focus group protocol, and rating scale benchmarks. Contains 41 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Comparative Analysis, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Employer Attitudes, Employment Practices, Evaluation Criteria, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Private Sector, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, Public Sector, Questionnaires, Standards, State Surveys, Training Methods
Oregon Economic Development Department, 775 Summer St., N.E., Salem, OR 97310.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Economic Development Dept., Salem.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon