ERIC Number: ED437561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan-27
Reference Count: N/A
ETP at Work: An Evaluation of 1995-96 ETP Projects.
Moore, Richard W.; Blake, Daniel R.; Phillips, G. Michael; McConaughy, Daniel; von Haam, Amy Cheung
Qualitative methods were used to analyze a sample of 23 representative California Employment Training Panel (ETP) projects to determine how ETP training affected companies. Data were collected through interviews, focus groups, surveys, observations, and document analysis. Among the factors found to affect quality of training design were: selection of workers for training; selection of skills to be taught; timing of training in relation to other changes in the workplace; plans to institutionalize training; and amount of planning invested in reinforcing changed behavior after training. On average, trainees gave their training a rating of 3.11 on a 4-point scale. More than two-thirds of trainees reported being able to learn most or all of what was taught. The following five categories of management intervention guided the effect of training on company quality and productivity: (1) shaping the meaning of training; (2) creating opportunities to use skills; (3) creating rewards and incentives; (4) establishing levels of participation; and (5) institutionalizing training. Stand-alone employer contracts, consortia projects, and training agency projects teaching specific and generic skills were effective because they made it possible to customize training to trainee and employer needs. (Contains 17 references and 12 tables/figures. The trainee and supervisor evaluation questionnaires are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Consortia, Contracts, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Field Studies, Models, Outcomes of Education, Productivity, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Reinforcement, School Business Relationship, State Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Employment Training Panel, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Northridge.