ERIC Number: ED463001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Technology Advisory Council New Mexico Technical Business Skills Needs Survey.
New Mexico Association of Community Colleges, Santa Fe.
This document summarizes the findings of a technical needs assessment survey completed by 207 New Mexico technical businesses in 2000. The major objective of the survey was to identify the types of technical skills employers needed from workers coming from the community and vocational college level. Research indicates that 62% of businesses have difficulty finding hands-on technical employees who have at least some college education, and 54% anticipate a need for more of this type of employee in the next 5 years. The technical skills sets studied in the survey include 52 specific skills and abilities in five basic areas: (1) communication, teamwork, and problem-solving; (2) workplace quality and compliance; (3) math and measurement abilities; (4) computer skills; and (5) manufacturing and technical skills. Employers indicated whether each of these skills was essential, preferred, or not required of entry-level technicians with only some college. Survey results found that those skills most likely to be reported as essential focus on communication, teamwork, work quality, problem-solving skills, punctuality, safety compliance, responsibility, and basic computer and data entry skills. Includes two figures and a table of the businesses' rankings of skills and abilities within each skill group. (KP)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Job Skills, Labor Needs, Occupational Surveys, Relevance (Education), Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Association of Community Colleges, Santa Fe.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico