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The evaluation of learning transfer of industry skills council (ISC) training programs using success case method: Reinforcing role and function of ISC

Hanna Moon (KRIVET, Sejong, Republic of Korea)
Doam Ryu (Mokpo National University, Mokpo, Republic of Korea)
Dongwon Jeon (Dohow Consulting, Seoul, Republic of Korea)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 10 May 2019

Issue publication date: 20 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Industry skills council (ISC) in Korea is at an earlier stage in terms of its formation and incubation. As a governance model similar to sector councils in Canada and UK, it still requires training and development of talents who work for ISCs. The purpose of this study is to analyze the effectiveness of training programs that are currently provided to personnel of the ISC to foster their learning systematically and to develop measures for effectiveness of the training programs.

Design/methodology/approach

This study evaluated the training program for the staff of the ISC secretariat as a tool to activate the councils’ main functions. In terms of methodology, we developed an effective training model to measure the training transfer and used it as an analytical framework for evaluation. Success case method was applied to identify the best case of training transfer that reinforces the role and function of ISC.

Findings

Learning transfer can help not only the transfer of the learning contents but also the role of the organization that the members belong to and strengthen the function of the ISC. By transferring the content matter of the learning, it can help strengthen the capacity of members to carry out the roles and functions of the ISC, and further strengthen the functions of the council and the role of key players in labor markets.

Research limitations/implications

An effective training model for the personnel of national sectoral bodies or non-profit organization can be further investigated.

Practical implications

The learning transfer evaluation model for ISC staff has unique characteristics that are different from previous studies. ISC has the characteristics of public goods that are established with government support and are active in developing human resources in each industry sector.

Originality/value

Incubating ISC in South Korea is at an earlier stage in terms of research and policy practice. The research findings in this study lay the foundations for further empirical explorations.

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Acknowledgements

This study was conducted with the financial support from the Ministry of Employment and Labor and Human Resource Development Service Korea.

Citation

Moon, H., Ryu, D. and Jeon, D. (2019), "The evaluation of learning transfer of industry skills council (ISC) training programs using success case method: Reinforcing role and function of ISC", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 43 No. 5/6, pp. 570-591. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-11-2018-0111

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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