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Do job training programs work? Wrong question.


This piece originally appeared in Fast Company.

I’ve been studying job training programs for decades—ranging from efforts led by community groups to those housed within community colleges—all designed to equip people who don’t have formal degrees with marketable skills to thrive in the modern workplace. In the process, I’ve conducted interviews and focus groups with hundreds of workers and job seekers in a wide range of industries. I’ve talked to single women leaving welfare, formerly incarcerated individuals, laid-off coal miners, and out-of-school youth. They all want the same thing—to build skills and work for a living.

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