ERIC Number: ED379416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep-30
The Laborers-AGC Construction Skills Training Program. Final Performance Report.
Tippie, John L.; Rice, Eric
Patterned after a previously successful Laborers-Associated General Contractors model named the Construction Skills Training Program, a demonstration project was implemented at five regional training centers. At least eight courses were created, combined, or revised. Four full-length audiovisual support pieces were completed. Three courses were created to provide a more structured career path for construction craft laborers (CCLs): An Orientation to the CCL, General Construction, and Foreman Preparedness. Courses combined and/or revised included the following: Asphalt Raking, Trench Protection and Principles of Pipe Laying, Concrete Practices and Procedures, and Practices and Procedures of Mason Tending. The project compared the cost efficiency and training effectiveness of the regional training concept against other models: fixed site concept (FSC), short-term mobile, and long-term mobile. For longer-term construction skills training, the FSC model was the easiest to present and the most effective and generated a structured course that was easily repeated. Advantages of national/regional training occurred in three areas: managing training activity, purchasing, and matching training to need. Disadvantages were cost of maintaining residential facilities and loss of local autonomy and ownership. An independent evaluation found that significant progress was achieved in conceptualizing and developing a career path for laborers, but much remained to be accomplished in implementing it. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Building Trades, Comparative Analysis, Construction Industry, Construction (Process), Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, Instructional Materials, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Regional Programs, Teaching Guides
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund, Pomfret Center, CT.
Note: For related documents, see CE 068 096 and CE 068 098-102. Part I, Financial Status Report, is not included.