A study commissioned by Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has found that the federal government is currently spending nearly $18 billion a year on job training that doesn't quite accomplish the goals of the job training programs.
According to Fox News, the report – entitled "The 2011 Government Accountability Office" – examined the 47 federal job programs ran by nine agencies for the government. Most of which, according to Coburn's report, suffered from "mismanagement, waste, fraud, abuse and corruption."
The study found that many job training programs allow students to spend days sitting on a bus as part of training and even exposed new hires to asbestos – a carcinogenic.
In addition, Coburn found that many job training administrators used federal funds on meals and bonuses for themselves, including an agency that went on a gambling trip to casinos during work hours. Furthermore, the report found that most of the training programs don't follow up with its students, producing very little information on its actual effectiveness.
With the recent information brought to light by Senator Coburn, the federal government as well as any private companies with new hires may want to consider the use of online training software to properly educate its new employees.
By utilizing an online training program, companies may also be able to use training tracking software to ensure that new hires on the right track, as well conduct online evaluations to improve communication between trainees and employers and guarantee they get the best return on investment from the personnel.
A well-run training program, backed by cost-effective online training software, helps ensure businesses aren't wasting many resources on mismanaged employee education initiatives.
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