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Companies: train your own workers

If not tech, how about leather? Training in Allenjoie, France. Photo: Sebastien Bozon / AFP / Getty

The most successful training courses through the decades have been organized by companies finding smart people, then skilling them up for specific positions. But this tradition is long passé — despite a yawning worker shortage, American companies today are only rarely prepared to spend the money to train their own workers. Instead, they want fully formed workers to show up at the door.