ERIC Number: ED467536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Apprenticeship Program Is Beneficial, but Its Ability To Meet State Demands Is Limited. OPPAGA Program Review. Report.
Florida's apprenticeship program was reviewed to assess its benefits and ability to meet state demands. The review was based on an analysis of the apprenticeship program's enrollment, costs, and course offerings and information about the employment and earning outcomes of program graduates. The review established that Florida's apprenticeship program benefits participating students because program completers earn higher wages than graduates of comparable adult vocational programs do. The program also benefits employers by filling regional demands for skilled labor. However, the program lacks a systematic approach to meeting Florida's statewide demand for skilled labor. Field representative service areas are not aligned with state workforce regions, and the program lacks guidelines for allocating funding to program sponsors. Limitations in the program's data system hinder its ability to provide information to stakeholders, and inaccurate and inconsistent reporting by local education entities undermines program administrators' ability to evaluate performance. It was recommended that the Florida Department work with local education agencies and program sponsors to develop guidelines for funding apprenticeship programs and to establish and maintain effective processes to ensure accessible, accurate performance and expenditure data. Florida's reported apprenticeship costs in fiscal 1999-2000 are appended along with the Florida Department of Education's response to the program review. (Contains 10 exhibits.) (MN)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrative Problems, Admission Criteria, Admission (School), Agency Cooperation, Apprenticeships, Coordination, Cost Effectiveness, Data Collection, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Benefits, Graduate Surveys, Information Needs, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Postsecondary Education, Program Administration, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Length, Salary Wage Differentials, School Holding Power, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.oppaga.state.fl.us/reports/educ/r02-36s.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Florida