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August 23, 2016

To What Extent Should Universities Function As Training Grounds For Employment?

For decades, there has been a debate on whether universities ought to serve the role of vocational training as opposed to the traditional role of knowledge distribution. To solve this puzzle, it is prudent to delink the two concepts of education and training. Notably, training conveys instantly transferrable skills, characteristically along the “how to” continuum. Education, on the other hand, offers a different assortment of skills along the “why is it” spectrum, explaining the power to scrutinize, understand, and produce information. According to Cheung (n.d), a university is structured to provide education, while a professional school predominantly provides training for employment opportunities. In order to make graduates marketable with requisite skills for the job market, universities should provide training instead of the conventional education. In other words, given that more and more people now go to the university, they should adjust and become training grounds for employment as opposed to the historical role they once played.
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The result is that for one to receive the higher education that once attracted higher remuneration, they have to go to graduate school. Meanwhile, the bachelor’s degree has assumed the socio-economic stance held by the high school diploma only a few decades ago (Manzoor, 2010). Worse still, the earnings for the working class and the middle-class have reduced over time because they wasted several years in the university, when what they required was training and work experience. An elucidation to this debacle is the introduction of an extra layer in the university’s education system. There is need for a four-year training program, facility-oriented, which fosters the skills of those seeking employment opportunities (2010). For this reason, attempting to equate the generalized education of an average bachelor’s degree holder to the technical training required in the entry-level jobs is obscure. For a fact, the introduction of training programs ensures that graduates receive the core value of university education, while at the same time, preparing them adequately for future job prospects.

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