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Japan's Employment-Based Training in the Private Sector

Perhaps companies should make greater investments in young recruits and help them grow through informal training on the job.

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Many large corporations in Japan recruit students graduating from high school and train them for several years before they are sorted into their tracks within the company. At Honda Motors, after a few months of formal technical training, high school students go through eight to ten years of informal on-the-job training, and are then evaluated and sorted into either a management or technical track. Thus the employers are investing in their employees early, and the young employees are given an opportunity to learn and grow on the job.

Many jobs don't require a college education to do them well, yet they increasingly do on paper. This adds pressure for people to attain higher education, when they are better off working instead. College is a great place to grow young minds, but it isn't the best option for everyone. Perhaps large companies should consider making an investment on training programs for young recruits and providing an educational environment that will help them to grow on the job.

References: Training and the Private Sector: International Comparisons, edited by Lisa M. Lynch

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Hey Heidi,

I know so many people that would benefit from having employment-based training before going to college. At 18 years old, few people know what they want to do with their life and that included me. I know people who end up going to college not passionate about their major or studies, and don't exceed in it despite being a capable and smart student. Some people go and take unnecessary classes, switch majors multiple times, and then end up wasting thousands of dollars. Some teenagers and young adults would definitely benefit from having the opportunity to go out and experience the industry before going to college. Great post Heidi!

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