ERIC Number: ED420753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Training Needs of Career Development Facilitators.
Hoppin, Judith; Splete, Howard
A needs assessment looked at two aspects of career development facilitators--their perceptions of needed inservice training topics and their views of the importance of facilitator skills or knowledge in effectively performing their jobs. A survey was mailed to career development practitioners in the following areas: adult education, business and industry, colleges and universities, community agencies, community colleges, employment bureaus, the military, private practice, trade or technical schools, vocational rehabilitation, and Job Training Partnership Act sites, with a return of 1,007 forms. More than 80 percent of the respondents had 3 or more years experience, 45 percent had more than 10 years, and 80 percent had a master's degree or above. Analysis of the data gathered showed the following: (1) training is seen as needed by career development facilitators; (2) training is needed in both preservice and inservice programs; (3) facilitators desire skills in training or teaching their clients; (4) facilitators recognize the importance of individual and group counseling skills; (5) skills to use assessment techniques and labor market information are seen as crucial; and (6) training should be tailored to the needs of facilitators in specific work sites. Recommendations were as follows: the provision of more focused training for facilitators to help them work with special populations; the establishment of a clearinghouse for current information regarding the labor market; provision of role models; the need for collaboration between agencies and institutions; the establishment of training programs focused on the basic counseling process; and training provided in job search strategies. (Nine appendixes contain survey materials and analyses.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Counseling, Career Development, Continuing Education, Counselor Training, Educational Needs, Employment Counselors, Professional Development, Rehabilitation Counseling
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (DOL/ETA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, Columbia.; Oakland Univ., Rochester, MI. Career Development Training Inst.