ERIC Number: ED382811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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A Reality Check: First Findings from the EQW National Employer Survey. EQW Issues Number 10.
Zemsky, Robert; Iannozzi, Maria
A national survey was conducted to identify employers' practices and expectations in their search for a skilled and proficient work force. Of over 4,000 employers contacted, 3,347 participated. Establishments reported that just over 80 percent of workers were fully proficient in their current jobs. Neither the restructuring of the U.S. economy nor the rapid introduction of new technologies had led to a "deskilling" of work. Use of high-performance work systems remained the exception. Almost all establishments provided formal or informal training. The most common program taught the safe use of equipment and tools. Both the improvement of teamwork efforts and customer service ranked second. Training to use computers and other new equipment ranked a close third. Fifty percent of employers used equipment suppliers or buyers to provide training. Slightly more used private consultants (36 percent) and private industry councils or other industry associations (34 percent) than they did technical or vocational institutions (33 percent) and community or junior colleges (30 percent). Attitudes, communication skills, job experience, and industry credentials ranked higher than schooling measures in hiring decisions. Policymakers should do the following: help form partnerships between school and work, make educational performance measures and credentials more meaningful to employers, and help employers reevaluate the use of educational outlets as suppliers of training. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, Philadelphia, PA.