SOURCE              ADVANTAGES                  DISADVANTAGES
      
      National training   Trainers have broad         Can be very expensive
                          experience with a wide      and may not be tailored
                          audience and tend to be     enough to your business'
                          up-to-date.                 or employees' needs.
      
      Local training      Cost will tend to be lower  Courses may not be
      or trade schools    than for national training  sophisticated enough for
                          companies.                  your needs.
      
      Community           A linchpin of the nation's  Courses may not be held at
      colleges            training systems.           convenient times.
                          A wide variety of programs  Courses sometimes too
                          so you'll find what you     academic.
                          need.
      Trade or            Training is usually         Not all groups offer
      professional        specifically related        training sessions.
      organization        to the business.
      
      Local               Programs speak to local     Programs may be too
      organizations,      concerns.                   general or may be
      like the Chamber                                peripheral to your
      of Commerce                                     business.
      
      Unions              Programs are developed for  Usually available
                          specific groups of workers. only to union members.
                          Programs are usually
                          convenient to attend.
      
      Mentors or          Allows a designated em-     Expensive to put someone
      coaches             ployee to focus on          on your payroll or free
                                                      them from worker train-
                                                      ing. their normal duties.
      
      Multimedia          Allows people to learn at   Technology isn't always the
                          their desks and at their    best teacher. Can be
                          own pace.                   expensive.
      
      Vendors and         Immediate help with new     Trainers may not know your
      suppliers           product. Often comes as     business and are limited
                          part of package.            in linking their products
                          to other systems.
      
      Government-         Commerce Dept. sponsors     May not be located in your
      sponsored economic  extension programs around   area. May be too focused on
      development         the country. Many states    industrial production.
      centers             run their own programs.
      
      DATA: EDUCATION DEPT., LABOR DEPT., BUSINESS WEEK
      
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