ERIC Number: ED401485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Employer Involvement in Georgia Youth Apprenticeship Programs.
Research Brief, v2 n2 Fall 1996
A study was conducted to provide insight into employer participation in Georgia youth apprenticeship programs that offer work experience and learning at the work site. Data were gathered through a survey sent to a random sample of 206 employers, of the 450 employers involved in youth apprenticeship programs in the state. Analysis of the 121 responses resulted in the following information: (1) employers of all sizes and structures participated in the program; (2) most of the apprenticeships were in the business, marketing, and information management or technical and engineering career focus areas; (3) participating businesses employed an average of two youth apprentices and paid the students an average hourly rate of $5.18, with the hourly rate ranging from $3 to $10; (4) businesses cited lack of work as the main reason for not expanding their role in providing apprenticeships; (5) a majority of the employers were in the program for the first time and chose to participate for one of two reasons---to perform a community service and support the local school system or to recruit and train skilled employees for the future; (6) employers generally regarded the youth employees as productive; (7) most employers assigned a workplace mentor to youths, rotated them through assignments, and had a formal evaluation process; and (8) the schools were less effective in integrating the school-based portion of the program with the work-based portion through training agreements and training plans. The study cautioned that most of the youth apprenticeship programs in Georgia have been in operation for less than 2 years and it may be too early to draw conclusions about employer involvement, but that more research on these issues should be conducted in the future. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Georgia State Dept. of Technical and Adult Education, Atlanta.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Occupational Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia