ERIC Number: ED318840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Training America. Learning to Work for the 21st Century.
Galagan, Patricia A.
In an era when competitive advantage is fleeting, change is constant, and the whole globe is business' arena, the United States needs to change its educational system as well as its perspective on education and work. Most thinking about how to educate people for work, whether in school or elsewhere, is as outdated as an old-fashioned assembly line. Job-related training and education bear directly on individual opportunity and on the competitiveness of U.S. employers. Even though U.S. employers spend $30 billion a year on formal training, this is only enough to train 10 percent of employees. Job-related training and education are unevenly distributed among the population, with managers and professionals getting a bigger share than other types of workers, and the college-bound getting a bigger share than other types of students. For the 1990s, the work force must be equipped to learn; prepared for change; prepared to apply new technology; competent, skilled, motivated, and fulfilled; and valued, developed, and renowned as a national resource. The American Society for Training and Development adds its voice to many raised in concern for the potential of the U.S. work force. The society supports work-related learning as a lifetime undertaking and makes recommendations to educators, employers, and legislators. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Society for Training and Development, Alexandria, VA.
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