In this report, Corporate Voices for Working Families investigates why some companies invest significantly in workforce readiness for their lower-skilled and entry-level workers. Extensive research in the field demonstrates that when companies support education and training, they generally invest more heavily in management programs and industry specific training than in shoring up the basic skills of their newest employees. Similarly, business leaders typically think society at large — and the public education system in particular — is mainly responsible for ensuring that job seekers are ready for work. Nonetheless, some leading companies have made significant and sustained investments in the basic workforce readiness skills of their employees — choosing to grow their own talent from within.
An Executive Summary of this report can be found here.