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After Training, Still Scrambling for Employment

New York Times article discusses whether or not training is really impacting the ranks of the unemployed.  Read it at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/19/business/19training.html?_r=1&emc=eta1.

2 Responses

  1. The National Skills Coaltion provided examples of strories that are countering the claims in this article.

    Daniel Indiviglio, an editor at The Atlantic, responded immediately asking, “Who made the obviously flawed assumption that job training would cure unemployment in the first place?” He went on to argue, “Eventually, employers will begin hiring again—in certain industries. Other industries will take longer to recover, like construction. So for those jobless Americans who worked in one of the slower-to-recover sectors, training could help them to make a transition into an industry that might need more workers sooner.”

    In her blog post today, Barbara Kiviat, business and economics reporter for TIME posed a similar challenge to the conclusion that training investments are unproductive during a recession. “Contrary to the tone of the NYT article,” she wrote, “I don’t think that necessarily suggests the money has been ill spent. After all, eventually demand for products and services will pick back up, and if we’ve got a better trained workforce rearing to go, then the economy will be better off.”

  2. With companies completing in a global market, west countries will need more skilled employees as governments and businesses across the world compete for high tech tenders. Low skilled jobs are currently on the downturn as new technology replaces low skilled employees. Job hunters need to ensure they have the skills and qualifications required by the employers of the future to secure and stay in employment.

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