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Title:The quality of entry-level workers in the printing industry as perceived by educators and employers in Illinois
Author(s):Carson, Dennis Lynn
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Johnson, Scott D.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Vocational
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to investigate the general competencies needed by entry level workers in the printing industry and to determine if those competencies were being provided through printing training programs. The study consisted of a survey of commercial printers and printing educators in Illinois. It was conducted to determine their views regarding level of importance of general competencies needed to be successful and the attainment of those competencies by entry level employees in the printing industry.
The results from this study indicate commercial printers and printing educators are in agreement with most categories of general competencies needed and possessed by entry level workers in the printing industry. They also agree there is a fairly wide gap in general competencies of what is important for success in the printing industry and what is possessed by entry level workers. "Good work habits" and "the ability to adapt" were the top choices of importance for success in the printing industry by both printers and educators followed by "relationship with others, specific job skills, communication skills, reading and comprehension, self esteem, problem solving, math skills, and broad background knowledge." Printing educators placed "specific job skills" higher than commercial printers both in importance and in attainment by their graduates.
Specific differences on individual items between the two groups were identified and discussed in the study. The size of the commercial printer appeared to be a major contributing factor for differences found between printers and educators.
As a result of this study, the following were recommended: (a) research is needed to determine the factors influencing the differences between what is considered important for success and what is possessed by entry level employees, (b) research is needed to determine the success rate of entry level workers, (c) research is needed to determine factors influencing the adoption of computer technology by commercial printers, (d) printers and educators need to initiate more contact and form partnerships to strengthen communication between groups, and (e) printing educators need to work with all areas of education and the printing industry to help prepare a workforce of qualified employees.
Issue Date:1992
Rights Information:Copyright 1992 Carson, Dennis Lynn
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9215783
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9215783

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