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Barriers to training access

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By Gordon B. Cooke, Isik U. Zeytinoglu and James Chowhan

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About 60% of all workers received at least one of three types of employer-supported training in 2005, while about 12% declined training.

Overall, women were as likely as men to access employer-supported training. However, differences appeared when considering low-wage workers (women 43% vs. men 50%), less-educated workers (42% vs. 52%), non-union workers (57% vs. 60%), or low-wage, less-educated, non-union workers (37% vs. 47%). However, women in these four groups were less likely to decline employer-supported training, even after controlling for their lower access.