ERIC Number: ED425766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Employer Perceptions of Graduates from Hawai'i Business Education and Office Skills Programs.
Broadbent, William A.
Conducted at the University of Hawaii in 1997, this study examined the satisfaction level of employers who hired graduates from business education and office skills programs. Since Hawaii's economic focus has changed from agriculture to service-oriented tourism, a large number of employees with generic business skills have become necessary. Employers of graduates, or those receiving training in the general area of business, were the target of this survey. Specifically, participants were personnel directors or supervisors who were most likely to hire persons with business education and office skills. Chart 1 lists the 50 firms, organizations, and agencies that participated in the study. While many organizations interviewed had not recently hired many graduates or participants of such programs (due to the 7-year economic slump Hawaii state has experienced), all were knowledgeable about essential business and office skills. Some firms reported being flooded by applicants for entry-level jobs. A few organizations said they looked at as many as 50 applications before filling a single position. Most firms reported an annual turnover of less than 20% (state unemployment during the survey period was at about 6.2%). Statistics throughout the document assess employment data for base-year employment, job openings, economic growth, and satisfaction ratings. Appended are respondents' comments regarding high school and community college hires. (Contains 24 data tables.) (AS)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Hawaii State Dept. of Education, Honolulu. Office of the Director for Vocational Education.