In response to a high unemployment rate and to complaints from businesses that prospective employees are under-qualified for the available jobs, particularly in the sciences, the Labor Department has released its plan to address both problems. It will offer six-month training programs, free of charge to unemployed citizens, to prepare citizens for jobs as laboratory and medical technicians. Each citizen will have the opportunity to participate in one program free of charge, and the Labor Department will offer salary subsidies to firms that hire graduates of these programs.
Which of the following, if true, would constitute reason to believe that the labor department’s plan will not achieve its aims?
A) Many universities and technical colleges offer nine- and twelve-month programs to train students in the same fields.
B) Laboratory and medical technician jobs are not the only jobs for which companies are struggling to find qualified employees.
C) Similar programs in neighboring countries have had mixed results.
D) Successful graduates of technical training programs nearly always have scientific job experience prior to enrolling in such programs.
E) The proposed program is significantly more expensive than several alternatives proposed by members of the legislative body.