Training

The job skills that employers demand can change rapidly as the local economy adjusts to changes in local demand, the world economy, and the production process. The resulting mismatch between the skills demanded and those supplied by workers may lead to much unemployment and poverty. This mismatch may be reduced by providing vocational and job training in areas of growing need. There is a long history of federal provision of such training in the form of the Manpower Development and Training Act (MDTA), the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), the Family Support Act (FSA) and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Should training programs be made yet more widely available? For more information, check out this report on job training and poverty. Also, if you would like to assist with job training, contact local trade and vocational schools in your area, many of which offer volunteering opportunities (also consult volunteermatch.org).