Since jobs are becoming tougher to find and technology continues to reshape the workplace, it is more important than ever for increased adult career training. The typical worker today needs to be better educated on the skills that employers will require for staff to have in order to keep their jobs.
As of 2010, the United States is investing billions into technical schools, community colleges, and websites like elearners.com, which will provide the training to re-educate the American workforce. President Obama has made job training one of the cornerstone pieces of his plan to cut high unemployment and put people back to work. Career training grants will cover people in a wide variety of fields, from pharmaceuticals to fashion and from culinary arts to criminal justice.
Next Step, a division of the Careers Advice Service Government Office in the UK, oversees adult career training in its country. The division is an online service that will assess your current skills and make recommendations for job training classes. This is also the place to find out about what type of financial assistance is available for you to improve your job skills.
While many people recognize the need to improve job skills, convincing people to complete training programs is a major problem. In the United States, schools are having trouble retaining students. People who begin technical programs drop out before getting their degrees. Estimates show that students have wasted hundreds of millions of dollars provided by government funding for the classes. Research shows that almost half of the people who start a two-year continuing-education program fail to complete it.
Clearly, governments need to communicate the importance of updating job skills in a better way. No one can take for granted a job. Without continued training, a person may not have a job in the years ahead.
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