ERIC Number: ED456212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce Improvement Network 2000 Survey of Virginia Employers.
Foucar-Szocki, Diane; Bolt, Les
A stratified random sample of Virginia's 4,000 employers with over 100 employees was surveyed about workplace-based foundational basic skills (oral and written communication, reading, math, thinking skills, teamwork, English proficiency, and basic computer literacy). A total of 446 surveys were sent with a usable response rate of 18 percent. Findings indicated that employers recognize in both current employees and applicants some basic skill needs; skill needs are exacerbated by new technology, new products, and changing markets, requiring increased performance from all employees; nearly 95 percent of workers have a general educational development (GED) credential or high school diploma; 80 percent of respondents offer tuition reimbursement; the perceived quality of training sources available (community colleges, colleges and universities, private vendors, adult learning centers, and GED programs) varied widely by region; respondents viewed applicant skills less favorably than current employee skills; and learning at work was an investment most often made in the most educated employees. (Eighteen figures illustrate respondents by region and organizational size; functions performed by sites; percentage of tuition reimbursement; pre-employment assessment; full-time employees; average turnover; with diploma or GED; basic skills of employees and applicants; basic skills by region; likelihood of training in next 24 months; use of formal in-house training; use of local training provider; quality of local training and educational services; and impact of local business climate.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Basic Skills, Computer Literacy, Differences, Educational Assessment, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, High School Equivalency Programs, High School Graduates, Labor Force Development, Needs Assessment, Nonprofessional Personnel, Regional Characteristics, Staff Development, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Technological Advancement, Workplace Literacy
For full text: http://cep.jmu.edu/workforce/employersurvey/results.htm.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA. Workforce Improvement Network.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia