ERIC Number: ED418293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Involving Employers in Training: Literature Review. Research and Evaluation Report Series 97-K.
Pindus, Nancy; Isbell, Kellie
Literature describing the scope and characteristics of employer-based training (EBT) in the United States and the evidence to date about the effectiveness of such training was reviewed in order to help categorize the types of programs or strategies that show promise in terms of improving skills or increasing productivity. For the review, training was defined as short-term programs that emphasized the specific skills needed in a particular job or occupation and do not lead to a degree. Some of the findings of the literature review are the following: (1) companies provide training because firm-specific skills are needed, because of changes in technology, and to retain employees; (2) basic skills are best learned in a context relevant to the work environment; (3) training is more effective in terms of increased wages and productivity when it is sponsored by employers; (4) employer-based training is increasingly part of a range of organizational improvement, technology adaptations, and workplace restructuring initiatives; and (5) training is a worthwhile investment for employers as well as for employees. (43 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: James Bell Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Note: For related documents, see CE 076 226-227.