Critical Issues for CPI Technical Workers' Education
The following discussion is focused on CLT education activities, with
reference to PTOs, as appropriate. Because of the short history of operator
training outside the workplace, an in-depth analysis of operator education
cannot be made.
Little critical debate has occurred in recent years about the nature of CLT
education. However, several factors mentioned below are merging to make the
next 12 months (1994-1995) vitally important to this issue. Many CPI companies
are changing human resources policies to place more responsibility on both
CLTs and PTOs. Further, because of the necessity for using new technology and
addressing safety, environmental, and health standards, the CPI faces a
particularly critical need for entry-level operators who have much better
knowledge and skills than their predecessors, and it must provide extensive
continuing education for currently employed operators.
A focal point for stimulating reform may be offered by closely examining
the structure of the workplace. Some CPI companies are making significant
changes to their workforce structure and have developed new expectations for
both CLTs and PTOs. Perhaps they are leading the CPI in a major restructuring
across the industry.