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Training Doesn't Help Much When There are no Jobs

Friday, 04 June 2010 05:12
Good piece in USA Today discussing the usefulness of job training in the middle of a downturn.
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Good Article
written by Richard, June 04, 2010 8:18
Yes, a good article, and it leads me to believe that this time around we may have to depend on, or try something different to pull ourselves from this mess we are in. Each year we become more productive, and need labor less, as labor saving machines take our jobs. Machines last longer as well, when I was a kid my dad bought a new car every 2 or 3 years, now they last 10 or more years. We may need to work less, and earn less, so there is enough to go around for everyone. We can't keep growing ourselves out of recessions. We need a new paradigm, is anyone thinking about this? Comments please.

written by izzatzo, June 04, 2010 12:02
There's some great training and job opportunities in waterboarding being advanced by Bush 43. It's like health care or invading Iraq, it saves lives for whatever it takes, no matter the cost. If waterboarding is not for you, try making air bags for cars. They save lives too and since everyone wants to be safer, they'll be ordering up 36 air bags for each newly purchased vehicle. Safety is like food, people have to eat, so it's a guaranteed job.
written by konrad, June 06, 2010 2:16
Good point Richard, thie automation process ahs afar wy to go and we need to adjust to it.Unfortuatley a generation may get lost in the shuffle as the new jobs show up in producing, serviceing and operating these new technologies. Public policy has to adjsut to cushion the social impact I guess and that means better support for education and training and unemployment....kinda lie the nordic model.
It's About Time
written by FoonTheElder, June 07, 2010 1:57
It's about time somebody got off the 'training' kick that I've heard for 35 years. Every job area that people were 'training' for over those years were for a lower pay and ended up being outsources and exported, just like the jobs they lost in the first place.

The big corporate human resources departments love to whine that there are never enough qualified people. That is totally false. The problem with big corporations is that there are never enough people willing to work for the below market wages they want to pay.

Big corporations only want the job market to work in their favor. When there is a big supply, they will reduce wages. When there is competition to hire people, they want pay the bottom dollar and get the government to allow them to import cheap labor.

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