Does Advance Training Benefit Low-wage Workers?

Jay Maxwell By Jay Maxwell, 3rd Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchill

Through the Eyes of the Poor

Sam Hananel and Jennifer Agiesta Associated Press : Low-wage workers are said to be struggling more than before, but they are not seizing the opportunity to embellish their job skills. A new study suggest that they are cynical whether such programs are deemed worthwhile. In many instances, employees in low-wage positions are not using the resources their employers offer because they are unaware of their existence. Based upon economic reports, the recovery is connected to surges in sectors that offer low pay. That makes it vital to take advantage of these training courses whenever afforded the opportunity to do so. Job training and education can play an integral part to aiding these workers in advancing their careers and someday attain middle-class status. Employers say they consider job training to be a good strategy to retain current workers, reduce turnover and improve the quality of products and services.

A Universal Problem - Opposing Views

One might add, that there is a huge disparity between employers and workers in how they value the significance of training programs. Experts contend, that the overwhelming majority of employers see job training as being crucial to upward mobility. Conversely, the number of low-wage earners who subscribe to this view are dismal. In like manner, more than seventy five percent of employers rated education as being a major factor, while less than fifty percent of low-wage workers rated it similarly. Shall we focus upon those who have taken advantage of such training programs? Although some have benefited from tuition assistance programs, they hold little hope for future career advancement. In other words, they place non-participants on equal footing with them. One has to be real here, you can train all that you want, but if the jobs are not there - you will gleam little from the experience. Finally, there are challenges that low-wage earners face when considering advance training.

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