Time to Focus on Niche Training?

Susan Hall

In an interview with The San Jose Mercury News as he's retiring, Mike Curran, who is called the jobs guru of Silicon Valley, offers this among his thoughts about work force development.

Most of the jobs people will be taking in the next five years won't be new jobs, but replacing jobs of people retiring. So we have to reorganize our work force to be able to train them. Five years ago, we never would have trained a water-treatment pollution technician. But as the people who've been in those jobs since the '70s start retiring, we'll have to provide niche training.

IT Business Edge's Ann All has written about the upcoming wave of retirements poses a big problem for IT.



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