The Big Business of Employee Education

Archive Report

Scope of Employee Training

Billions Being Spent to Instruct Millions

Employee education has become a big and growing business within American industry. Large and medium-sized companies across the country underwrite or actively sponsor a vast range of programs, from formal on-the-job training to reimbursement of employees for college tuition. Corporate employers willingly do so in the belief that better trained and educated workers tend to be happier — and more productive. There is another important reason, too. Rapid changes in such highly technical fields as computerization, information processing and telecommunications have all but forced competing businesses to help their employees stay abreast of the latest advances.

“The whole thing is wanting … employees to understand our business better, and consequently be more productive, be more helpful, answer ...

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