Job training

For state and local policymakers, the issue of job training requires a significant amount of rethinking. Over the years, economic research in job training has consistently found government training programs to be wasteful, inefficient, and sometimes even counterproductive. In stark contrast, the benefits of private and company-sponsored job training are demonstrably positive and significant.

Key Facts

Recommendations

  1. Consolidate state training programs as much as possible to reduce redundancy and increase oversight.
  2. Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) so that North Carolinians can save money tax-free for future post-secondary education and training investments, including retraining after a job loss.
  3. Promote school choice, allowing educational innovation and competition to flourish:
  4. Let concerned educators augment their curricula to meet localized needs in order to help prevent the next generation of adults from making poverty-inducing choices. Schools could address personal responsibility, the importance of soft skills, and other issues where there is a particular community need or parental interest.



  5. Analyst: Jon Sanders
    Associate Director of Research
    919-828-3876 • jsanders@johnlocke.org