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In 2000, a quantitative telephone survey of 2,098 businesses in Australia determined employer awareness of and participation in structured workplace learning (SWL) programs. It explored "drivers" of participation and employers' decision-making process. Comparisons with a 1998 survey identified changes in employer awareness, attitudes, and perceptions. Findings indicated 97 percent of employers believed SWL was a good idea; participation remained low at 5 percent; 60 percent of those rating SWL as a good idea would take students in the future; "selling" angles more likely to appeal more widely were increased staff satisfaction, improved recruitment, and community recognition; and activities that increased employer satisfaction included regular coordinator contact, appropriate match of students with employer, assisting employers in planning for student activities, and good preparation of students for the placement. The survey highlighted areas for improvement, including that capital cities had lower levels of awareness and acceptance of SWL than rural areas. Appendixes contain the questionnaire and these five papers: "Students Gain a Lot, But Also Give a Lot in the Workplace"; "Students in the Workplace Save Time--and Money"; "Employer Participation in Student Workplacements Goes On, and On

.and On"; "Help Is at Hand All the Way for Students--and Employers"; and "Great Student Workplacements Throw Employer Concerns Out the Window." (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Employer Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Job Placement, National Surveys, On the Job Training, Participation, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Administration, Qualitative Research, Rural Urban Differences, Secondary Education, Student Employment, Telephone Surveys, Work Experience Programs

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Autor: AMR Interactive Australia.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5963&id=ED469713







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