An estimated 20 percent of the American workforce is functionally illiterate. And a 2006 survey of 431 companies revealed that the vast majority of young adults entering the workforce lack basic skills. To remedy this problem, many companies turn to training programs tailored to the needs of specific jobs to get workers up to speed.
So what do these basic-skills programs look like? How much ground is covered, and how challenging is the material? Why are such programs an appealing strategy for companies?
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