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Job Doc: Why are firms reluctant to train new hires?

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Q. It seems to me that employers are incredibly picky and selective when hiring new employees. No company seems willing to train anymore. No company has the patience for a new employee to learn a skill. Do you agree? Or is this just my personal experience?

A. For the most part, I agree with you. Quite a few larger companies have formalized training and development programs that can teach new employees specific skills. Some outsource this function to vendors able to provide more highly specialized training in a required skill. Training, however, costs money and most companies would prefer to hire new employees who already have the required skills.

In general, smaller companies don’t have internal training and development. because of limited budgets.

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