ERIC Number: ED292979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Who Will Train and Educate Tomorrow's Workers? The Financing of Non-College-Bound Young Workers' Recurrent Education.
Sheets, Robert; And Others
The idea of developing a recurrent education system for noncollege-bound youth is not new. Yet, the issue has generally attracted little attention. In the United States, the general trend has been to direct resources toward providing wide access to a college education and underemphasizing education and training for noncollege-bound youth. If private employers would take up the slack in providing postsecondary training and education to noncollege-bound youth, the limited public role might not be a serious concern. Unfortunately, however, moderate- and low-skilled young workers receive little or no training from their employers. This in turn has a negative impact on the work force as a whole as well as America's ability to generate good jobs and workers' abilities to adapt to displacement. One obvious way of improving the situation is to make significant improvements in the education and training effectiveness of high schools. Of course, this is more easily said than done. More realistic and workable strategies include redirecting and extending private sector investment in training; establishing a government financing floor; encouraging multiple access and redundancy; and encouraging local initiative, flexibility, and control. Specific proposals for financing recurrent education through private financing approaches include developing worker savings plans and manipulating employee benefit programs. Public financing options include taking a national service, individual entitlement, and/or enrollment subsidy approach. (MN)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Corporate Education, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Financial Support, Fringe Benefits, Government Role, Lifelong Learning, Noncollege Bound Students, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Retraining, Student Financial Aid
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: William T. Grant Foundation, Washington, DC. Commission on Work, Family, and Citizenship.
Note: A product of Youth and America's Future. For other papers in this series, see CE 049 906-912 and CE 049 914.