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Less Than 10% Of Companies Offer Remedial Training For New Hires

Compiled By Michael A. Verespej Despite the fact that more than one-third of all job applicants don't have the necessary reading and math skills that employers demand, the number of companies offering remedial training to new employees has dropped by 50% in the past decade, says the New York-based American Management Assn. Its annual survey -- Basic Skills, Job Skills, and Psychological Measurement -- found that 34.1% of job applicants tested last year were rejected by prospective employers because of insufficient math or reading skills. Yet only 7% of the employers surveyed said that they hired skills-deficient applicants and offered some form of remedial training.

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