ERIC Number: ED411464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-28
Reference Count: N/A
Observations regarding the Development of Occupational/Skill Clusters.
McCage, Ronald D.
This paper presents an overview and suggestions about the development of occupational and skill clusters by the Vocational-Technical Education Consortium of States (V-TECS), based on the observations of the executive director of the organization. Aspects reviewed include the following: development of occupational and skill clusters; classification systems; models; perceptions of the vocational-technical education environment regarding occupational and skills clusters; selecting processes; role-players in the process of setting and using skill standards; and the role of V-TECS. Some conclusions and recommendations are the following: (1) outcomes need to become more consistent; (2) the National Skill Standards Board should develop simple operational definitions for the major terms it intends to use; (3) it is difficult to implement national models in a country with a heterogeneous work force; (4) more attention should be given to the small business sector where most of the new jobs are being created; and (5) although business and industry representatives talk about generalized work behaviors and workplace literacy, they want customized training. Two appendixes include a skills matrix and an example of the V-TECS process. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.