ERIC Number: ED393984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Beyond the Incidence of Training: Evidence from a National Employer Survey. EQW Working Papers WP35.
Lynch, Lisa M.; Black, Sandra E.
The National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce's National Employer Survey represents a unique source of information on how employers recruit workers, organize work, invest in physical capital, and use education and training in the workplace. The U.S. Bureau of the Census administered it as a telephone survey to a nationally representative sample of private establishments with more than 20 employees in both the manufacturing and nonmanufacturing sectors. Of the 3,358 establishments contacted, completed surveys were received from 1,621 manufacturing firms and 1,324 nonmanufacturing firms. Findings indicate that most employers provide some type of formal training program. Employers who have adopted some characteristics of "high performance work systems" and have made large investments in physical capital or have hired workers with higher average educational level are more likely to train workers within their establishment. Most employers are more likely to provide specific training, such as orientation for new workers, health and safety, and new methods or procedures training, rather than numeracy, literacy, and basic education. The type of training program offered varies considerably by employer size and industry. The determinants of the proportion of workers trained look similar to those of the probability of offering formal training. The impact of training investments by employers differs according to their nature, timing, and location. (Contains 16 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, Philadelphia, PA.
Note: For a related document, see CE 071 275.