ERIC Number: ED451367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Apprenticeship in Washington: Effective, Underutilized. Studies in Industry and Employment.
Washington's apprenticeship program was compared to other programs providing preparation for employment. The following were among the items considered in the comparative analysis: gains in job-specific skill competencies; relationship of training to postprogram employment; participant satisfaction; employer satisfaction; employment opportunities; postprogram earnings; and employer-provided training. The study established that Washington's apprenticeship program was very rigorous, highly structured, and endorsed by Washington's business and labor organizations and school administrators as an effective means of producing well-trained, highly skilled workers for the labor market. However, broad application of apprenticeship appeared to be hindered by several misconceptions about its intended audience, and individual business endorsement of apprenticeship appeared hindered by a lack of consensus on the need for training, the state of the economy, direct costs, political views, and deference toward academic credentials. The following were among specific strategies recommended to improve Washington's apprenticeship system, boost its image, and expand its utilization: (1) increase staff; (2) educate stakeholders to dispel business and public misconceptions about apprenticeship's audience and benefits; (3) develop intertraining, education, and business partnerships; (4) expand the program into high technology, biotechnology, health care, state and local government, and financial services; and (5) document the effectiveness of apprenticeship through quantitative analysis. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Apprenticeships, Basic Skills, Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Cooperative Planning, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Government School Relationship, Job Training, Participant Satisfaction, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Private Schools, Program Effectiveness, Role of Education, Salary Wage Differentials, School Business Relationship, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Student Recruitment, Technical Institutes, Unions, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.wa.gov/esd/lmea/sprepts/apprentc.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Employment Security, Olympia. Labor Market and Economic Analysis Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982