SURVEY SAYS US LAGS BEHIND IN JOB COMPETENCE SYSTEMS

SURVEY SAYS US LAGS BEHIND IN JOB COMPETENCE SYSTEMS

Other industrial countries measure competence in the work place more systematically than the United States, the world industrial leader, the government reported Tuesday.

"Most other countries are more advanced than the U.S. in terms of supporting education and/or work-based skill standards systems," according to ''Skill Standards in the U.S. and Abroad."The four-volume survey commissioned jointly by the Labor and Education Departments was released in support of pending legislation for job training and a national system of skill standards that would be launched by the federal government.

Other countries have at least one organization responsible for occupational skill standards, although what they do varies substantially, it said.