Hu-Friedy, a maker of dental instruments, is paying several workers to leave their jobs for two years as part of a company apprenticeship program. What’s happening at the company is a rare exception to decades of corporate disinvestment in skills development.
This article from the Wall-Street Journal raises an interesting question, “Just whose job is it to train workers anyway?” That is the entire theme of "Train Me Don’t Blame Me" is to tell employers that it is their job to train employees, that they have a vested interest into training employees and there will be consequences for unreasonable expectations.
Employers’ expectations for new hires have shifted since the recessions of the early 1980s, when companies laid off masses of workers and slashed training programs. Where bosses once hired for potential, viewing workers as lumps of clay to be molded to the company’s needs, they now want hires to arrive with all or most of the skills needed for the job—another symptom of how the employer-employee relationship has become reduced to a transaction, said Peter Cappelli, a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
If employers “want only people who can step in immediately because they are currently doing the job, [they] narrow the pool to almost no one,” said Mr. Cappelli. He added that today’s novices are more likely to briefly shadow an experienced worker or log a few hours of on-the-job training than participate in a weekslong learning program.
Employers are partially responsible for the Great Recession and the reason why Generation Y cannot find jobs. Employers are narrowing the pool to almost no one when they expect employees to come in with certain skillsets and training from “someone else.” Its unfair, unreasonable, and harmful to the future of the US for employers to have such high expectations for pre-trained employees. An employer has no right to complain about “not enough skilled employees” in America when they absolutely refuse to train anyone.
I sincerely hope more Americans embrace the ideologies of Train Me Don’t Blame Me. An article from the Wall-Street Journal is definitely a step in the right direction.