Businesses Question Effectiveness of Government Job Training Programs

AE chartIn New Survey, Only 27 Percent Call Them Effective; Majority Says “Neither Effective nor Ineffective”

Express Employment Professionals released new survey results revealing how business leaders view government job training programs.

In a survey of 1,030 businesses, respondents were asked, “How effective are government job training programs?”

Only 27 percent said they are effective, with 3 percent saying “very effective” and 24 percent saying “effective.”

A majority, 56 percent, said programs are “neither effective nor ineffective,” while 14 percent called them “ineffective,” and 3 percent deemed them “very ineffective.”

While the number of respondents calling them effective is low, it is the highest percentage of respondents offering a positive view of government job training programs in the last four quarterly surveys from Express.

Full results are below.

“One of the biggest problems employers face in a tightening labor market is finding the right people with the right skills, and one of the biggest challenges for the unemployed is finding a job that matches their skill set,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. “Results like these should be a wake-up call. We need job training programs that are effective at equipping people with skills that are in-demand, yet from businesses’ perspective, that’s not happening.”

In your opinion, how effective are government job training programs?  Q2 2017 Q1 2017  Q4 2016   Q3 2016
Very effective 3% 3% 1% 2%
Effective 24% 18% 17% 20%
Neither effective nor ineffective 56% 56% 54% 52%
Ineffective 14% 17% 19% 19%
Very ineffective 3% 5% 8% 7%

The survey of 1,030 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, was conducted in March 2017 to gauge respondents’ expectations for the second quarter of 2017. Previous surveys were conducted to cover hiring trends of the quarters indicated.

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