Express Employment Professionals recently released new survey results revealing that businesses have a low opinion of government job training programs.
Respondents were asked, “In your opinion, how effective are government job training programs?”
A total of 28 percent said the programs were either “ineffective” or “very ineffective,” an increase from 24 percent in the 2015 survey. Only 2 percent said “very effective,” and 16 percent said “effective.” A majority, 55 percent, said the programs were “neither effective nor ineffective.”
“There is no doubt that there are too many unskilled workers in the workforce who lack the skills for tomorrow’s careers,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. “America faces a skills gap—available workers don’t have the training needed for available jobs. Job training, especially technical training is critically important to our country’s economic success. These businesses are sounding the alarm that government programs need improvement and that it may be time to rethink our approach to job training in general.”
The survey of 390 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, covers hiring trends for the second quarter of 2016. The earlier survey of 404 businesses was conducted in December 2014 and January 2015.