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Industries Need To Help Design Training

March 24, 2013

Nearly any prominent manufacturing representative in Chautauqua County will say they can’t find employees to fill their open jobs....

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Mar-24-13 3:52 PM

I also find it amusing when I see people complain about how selfish and indolent others are while ignoring the fact that our culture has trained them to be that way through mass media advertising that promotes a "me, me, me" attitude? We push that kind of emphasis on ourselves to increase sales but have no concern at all about the cultural side effects such efforts produce.

It might also help if the minimum age were actually fair. Look at how much its worth has dropped over the past 30 years while the corporate elite has raked in higher and higher percentages of income? Make minimum wage a living wage and you might get some improved attitudes.

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Mar-24-13 3:47 PM

What do people expect when they complain about and work toward lowering taxes? You want cheaper government then government services will suffer. We're getting what we're willing to pay for.

Secondly, why is the PJ complaining about how the government (schools) is not doing enough? I thought the Republican philosophy was to not rely on government to do things for you but to do for yourselves? Where are the industry supported apprenticeship programs? Where are the donations from industry to remedial or English as a second language classes?

It's easy to assign blame on others. What is industry doing besides that?

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Mar-24-13 9:22 AM

Hopefully enough was discussed at this employability summit that a second step has been taken to achieve the goals that were discussed. This letter didn't include any specific "next steps", just what "should be done." What should be done gets us nowhere.

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Mar-24-13 6:06 AM

You nailed it Renaldo. Lazy kids see that big safety net working so well, why work hard, study,or make any sacrifices to learn?

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Mar-24-13 5:17 AM

As the author admits, a large part of the problem, or the major part of the problem as I see it, is not with skills but with work ethic and personal character. If you have those things, a typical employer will invest in that employee the necessary training and development. Training and skills are useless and wasteful if given to those who lack a minimum work ethic. That problem should be number 1, by a mile. Whether it's the seemingly high number of welfare recipients in this area or the lack incentive our welfare programs provide or other, I don't know. Something is crazy wrong here and needs addressed.

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