Retraining for New Jobs

Archive Report

Need to Retrain Displaced Workers

Anew effort by the federal government to retrain workers whose skills have become obsolete—and to give the unskilled some elementary training—is fast gathering momentum. Programs authorized by the Manpower Development and Training Act of 1962 1 are intended to help the long-term unemployed, many of them victims of automation, to acquire job qualifications for which there is demand in today's labor market.

The U.S, Department of Labor by mid-October had approved 239 training projects to be carried out under the new legislation in 28 states and the District of Columbia.2 Applications of 9,358 persons had been approved for training in one or another of a long list of occupations ranging from automobile mechanic, service station attendant, and welder to draftsman, electronics ...

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