ERIC Number: ED427248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Employer Survey, 1997.
Phelps, L. Allen; Jin, Misug
Employer attitudes toward Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship Program were examined through a survey that was sent to 260 of the 733 employers involved in the Youth Apprenticeship Program in 1996-1997. Of those employers, 149 (57.3%) returned usable replies. Overall, the employers were very pleased with the Youth Apprenticeship Program's design and operation. Although small firms (with fewer than 20 employees) constitute more than 80% of businesses in Wisconsin, only 28% of youth apprentices were working in small firms. Local schools and coordinators employed by the schools were employers' primary sources of information about the Youth Apprenticeship Program. The youth apprenticeship employers generally supported the three proposed changes in the program's design (allowing summer work hours, condensing the program, reducing core competencies). The Youth Apprenticeship Program won high praise because it provides a variety of social and economic benefits for firms and their employees. Suggestions for improving the program included the following: changing the competencies to meet individual firms' needs; recruiting better/more students; providing more training and support for mentors; and improving coordination with schools. (Eleven figures are included. Appended are the following: survey instrument and summary data; employers' suggestions for improving the Youth Apprenticeship Program.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Workforce Development, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin