ERIC Number: ED428290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Bringing School-to-Work to Scale: What Employers Report.
Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.; National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, Stanford, CA.
In summer 1997, the National Employer Survey (NES-II) was administered as a telephone survey to 6,971 private employers with more than 20 employees. The response rate was 78%. Two versions of the survey--one for manufacturing establishments and one for nonmanufacturing industries--were used. According to the NES-II, roughly 25% of establishments were participating in a school-to-work partnership. The most prevalent work-based learning placements were job shadowing (25%), internships (23%), and mentoring (21%). A substantial number of employers not participating in school-to-work also offered activities such as job shadowing, internships, and registered apprenticeships. Participation in school-to-work was highest among larger employers: 24% of establishments with 20-49 or 50-99 employees engaged in school-to-work partnerships versus 42% of those with 250-999 employees and 60% of those with 1,000 or more employees. Within the manufacturing sector, employer participation was most common in the transportation equipment and primary metals industries. In the health and communications sector, the participation rate was 44%. Establishments more likely to participate in school-to-work had the following characteristics: participated in other community activities, increased their permanent work force in the past 3 years, rated the local high school as adequate or better in preparing students for work, and used teachers' references in making hiring decisions. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.; National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, Stanford, CA.