ERIC Number: ED326622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Worker Training: Competing in the New International Economy.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Workers' skills are critical to U.S. industrial productivity and competitiveness and to maintaining living standards. Training is the key. Good training pays--for workers whose skills are upgraded, for companies seeking a competitive edge, and for the nation in overall productivity. However, workers in other countries are better trained than most U.S. workers. Too often, U.S. businesses seek to improve productivity by investing in hardware rather than in training people. Firms that do provide training have found it to be harder than anticipated. Traditional approaches are too narrow and many workers lack basic skills. The quality of training must improve. Greater federal involvement may be required to develop the highly skilled, flexible workers needed today. New institutional structures will also be needed to make affordable training available to small businesses. Policy options can be grouped in four broad issue areas: reducing barriers to firm-based training; retraining for individual career advancement; linking training and technology assistance to firms; and improving the quality and effectiveness of training. (An appendix examines training in the military.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Basic Skills, Career Development, Competition, Corporate Education, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Futures (of Society), Job Training, Military Training, Postsecondary Education, Technological Advancement, Trade and Industrial Education
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325 (stock number 052-003-01214-6: $12.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.