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ERIC Number: ED438460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec-13
Pages: 9
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Perceptions of Southern Nevada Employers Regarding the Importance of SCANS Workplace Basic Skills.
Richens, Greg P.
The perceptions of southern Nevada employers regarding the importance of the Secretary's Commission for Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) workplace basic skills were examined in a survey that was administered to a random sample of southern Nevada businesses. Of the 415 employers who completed the survey, 313 (75.4%) believed that the SCANS skills adequately identified necessary skills for entry-level employment. The percentages of employers who believed that the SCANS skills adequately identified necessary skills in selected specific skill areas were as follows: resource competencies, 60%; interpersonal competencies, 91.6%; information competencies, 86.5%; systems competencies, 52.8%; technology competencies, 54.5%; basic skills, 95.9%; thinking skills, 92.8%; and personal quality skills, 96.1%. Employers were also asked whether their current employees possess the SCANS skills and competencies. An analysis of the results revealed the following levels of disparity between entry employees' need for and possession of SCANS skills in selected areas: thinking skills, 32.8%; personal quality skills, 30.1%; basic skills, 27.5%; interpersonal competencies, 26.5%; information competencies, 23.4%; technology competencies, 16.7%; systems competencies, 11.8%; and resource competencies, 6.5%. Approximately 80% of responding firms considered SCANS skills and competencies among entry-level employees very important to/necessary to their firm's productivity and profitability. (Contains 20 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada