ERIC Number: ED430085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Generic Workplace Skills for Job Application, Employment Retention, and Career Promotion in Today's Economic Environment.
Broadbent, William A.
A study used the Vocational-Technical Education Consortium of States (V-TECS) workplace skills inventory in a validation exercise for use of the inventory in Hawaii. A facilitator reduced the size of the V-TECS instrument. The resulting document was tested using several colleagues of the principal investigator before it was used in the field. The sample was stratified in a specific way. Small business owners, site managers of franchises, and shift managers of larger firms were selected for the interview group. Opinions of persons new to management who had only recently risen from the ranks were of primary interest. From the original V-TECS material, 12 generic criteria emerged: developing an employment plan; seeking and applying for employment opportunities; accepting employment; communicating on the job; interpreting the economics of work; adapting and coping with change; solving problems and critical thinking; maintaining safe and healthy work environment; demonstrating work ethics and behavior; demonstrating technological literacy; maintaining interpersonal relationships; and demonstrating team work. The survey of 57 items organized in the 12 sections was administered to 136 individuals (131 usable responses). A five-point Likert scale was used, with 5 as the highest ranking. Most ratings were generally high. Even the lowest rated item, assess entrepreneurship skills, received an above average rating of 3.27. (Appendixes include the V-TECS Workplace Skills Inventory and Inventory as Modified and Implemented in Hawaii.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Business Communication, Coping, Critical Thinking, Job Application, Job Search Methods, Job Skills, Labor Turnover, Occupational Safety and Health, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, Promotion (Occupational), Secondary Education, Skill Analysis, Teamwork, Technological Literacy, Validity, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes, Work Environment, Work Ethic
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii State Dept. of Education, Honolulu. Office of the Director for Vocational Education.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii