ERIC Number: ED454391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Training for Productivity.
Maglen, Leo; Hopkins, Sonnie; Burke, Gerald
An exploratory study was conducted to evaluate the utility of a method to demonstrate that Australian enterprises that invest in the training of their employees gain a return from that investment through an increase in employee productivity. The method, which compares enterprise expenditure on training of personnel with labor productivity across a small group of enterprises producing similar products or providing similar services, derives from a method that has been used successfully in intercountry comparisons in Europe. Case studies were undertaken in the following industries: footwear manufacture; wire products manufacture; four- and five-star hotels; and supermarkets. The enterprises studied were located throughout Australia. The method yielded clear-cut results in footwear manufacturing, where each dollar invested in training of nonmanagerial personnel each year resulted in an average of $58 in value added. The results within wire products manufacture were less clear-cut. Of the five enterprises compared, only four suggested a relationship between training expenditure on nonmanagerial personnel and productivity. The method proved ineffective for the two service-based industries (hotels and supermarkets). (Twenty-five tables/figures are included. The bibliography lists 66 references. The following items are appended: 34 additional tables; proformas for quantitative data; instrument for structured interviews; and the employee questionnaire.) (MN)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Corporate Education, Cost Effectiveness, Education Work Relationship, Educational Research, Food Stores, Foreign Countries, Hospitality Occupations, Hotels, Influences, Job Training, Manufacturing Industry, National Surveys, Productivity, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Retailing, Tables (Data), Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia