Golden LEAF Essential Skills (GLF) – Employer Survey

The Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Survey is a survey tool that collects employers’ reflections on the skills they need in their workers. The survey asks employers to rate how important certain skills are to their organization, and the degree to which area graduates possess these skills. The survey also asks the students some basic questions about their industry, workforce, and hiring from area community colleges and elsewhere. The survey has been adapted from The Instructor Satisfaction Survey developed by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

Instructions for Use

If you decide that you have a question that might be addressed with data collected through a survey that examines, among other things, employer satisfaction with community college graduates consider using the Golden LEAF Essential Skills (GLF) Employer Survey. This survey was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the GLF Essential Skills grant, which is intended to enhance manufacturing programs at select North Carolina Community Colleges and to help community college staff support local workforce development initiatives. The survey has been adapted from the Employer Satisfaction Survey developed by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

Planning for Instrument Use

  • Convene whatever team is responsible for evaluation and/or workforce development planning in your school.
  • Review the Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Survey and supporting documentation.
  • Clarify and come to consensus on the workforce development questions about which your school cares.
  • Determine if the Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Survey data will be useful in answering those questions.
  • Assign a survey manager to initialize the survey.

Initializing the online Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Survey

  • Determine the date on which you want your online Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Survey to open, and the date on which you want it to close.
  • Contact the Friday Institute evaluation team’s Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Survey manager (eval@fi.ncsu.edu) and provide the above information. Allow 3-5 working days for your Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Survey to be initialized.
  • Your survey manager will receive a return email with the URL to your individualized Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Survey.

Managing Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Responses

  • Have someone with the appropriate technology skills available to support your school staff as they complete the online Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Survey. The instrument does not require substantial technical skill but it is necessary that respondents know how to open a web browser window, and complete and submit online forms.

Using your Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Data

  • Convene the evaluation or workforce development planning team.
  • Share the Golden LEAF Essential Skills Employer Survey report among planning team members, either by electronic means (with a data projector, for example), or by distribution of hard copies of the report page.

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