According to a survey of 600 semi-skilled and unskilled workers, conducted by Rutgers University and the University of Connecticut, 81 percent would enroll in school or a training program if paid for by their employers. However, only 18 percent of the workers had been offered training.

Job training can increase productivity, employee morale and reduce turnover. Many local community colleges offer course work in welding and mechanics, as well as associate degrees in animal science and veterinary medicine.