Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Green Bubble

"The program's goal ( $500 million green job training) was to train 124,893 people and put 79, 854 in jobs. But 17 months later, 52, 762 were trained and 8,035, or roughly 1 in 10, had jobs."

Gregory Korte, "Obama green jobs program faces further investigation," January 30, 2012.

Smart workforce trainers have been saying this for several years at least. A bust overall. But, to be fair, the numbers aren't all in. I'm not really persuaded by the comment from Department of Labor that: "It's like coming to me three days after I join Weight Watchers and yelling at me because I didn't lose 62 pounds yet."

I'm a believer that graduation from training is getting a job -- and this needs to happen right away. Otherwise it's another certificate on the fridge. The green jobs movement fell into the trap that many in the workforce field fought against for years -- training for maybe jobs, not real jobs. And training is what policymakers do about a bad economy when they can't figure out what to do or are unwilling to take the risks. And then training gets a bad name. More workforce trainers should have said no.

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