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The amount of time it takes for most of a worker's occupational knowledge and skills to become obsolete has been declining because of the introduction of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT). Given the rate at which AMT is currently being introduced in manufacturing, the average worker's old skills become obsolete and new skills are required within as little as five years.

Which of the following plans, if feasible, would allow a company to prepare most effectively for the rapid obsolescence of skills described above?

(A) The company will develop a program to offer selected employees the opportunity to receive training six years after they were originally hired.
(B) The company will increase its investment in AMT every year for a period of at least five years.
(C) The company will periodically survey its employees to determine how the introduction of AMT has affected them.
(D) Before the introduction of AMT, the company will institute an educational program to inform its employees of the probable consequences of the introduction of AMT.
(E) The company will ensure that it can offer its employees any training necessary for meeting their job requirements.
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Before preparing its employees, the company has to see whether it has the requisite in house facilities / knowledge to train all employees. If not they need to either hire skilled employees from market esle upgrade training programs to support AMT.

I would go with E
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E makes the most sense, that is the only way workers will be prepared for changes necessary in their skill set.

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E, this is from OG 11th Edition

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The amount of time it takes for most of a worker's occupational knowledge and skills to become obsolete has been declining because of the introduction of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT). Given the rate at which AMT is currently being introduced in manufacturing, the average worker's old skills become obsolete and new skills are required within as little as five years.

Which of the following plans, if feasible, would allow a company to prepare most effectively for the rapid obsolescence of skills described above?


(A) The company will develop a program to offer selected employees the opportunity to receive training six years after they were originally hired.
(B) The company will increase its investment in AMT every year for a period of at least five years.
(C) The company will periodically survey its employees to determine how the introduction of AMT has affected them.
(D) Before the introduction of AMT, the company will institute an educational program to inform its employees of the probable consequences of the introduction of AMT.
(E) The company will ensure that it can offer its employees any training necessary for meeting their job requirements.
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IMO E.

Premise 1: The amount of time it takes for most of a worker's occupational knowledge and skills to become obsolete has been declining because of the introduction of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT).
Premise 2: Given the rate at which AMT is currently being introduced in manufacturing, the average worker's old skills become obsolete and new skills are required within as little as five years.

(A) The company will develop a program to offer selected employees the opportunity to receive training six years after they were originally hired.
Premise 2 says AMT makes skill obsolete in 5 years, then training after 6 year will not help.

(B) The company will increase its investment in AMT every year for a period of at least five years.
Question is interested in training of employee and not in investments in AMT.

(C) The company will periodically survey its employees to determine how the introduction of AMT has affected them.
Company will survey employees but how will company make employees capable of handling AMT is not told.

(D) Before the introduction of AMT, the company will institute an educational program to
inform its employees of the probable consequences of the introduction of AMT.
This may tell employees what is AMT, how it may affect them, but how will this information prepare the employees.

(E) The company will ensure that it can offer its employees any training necessary for meeting their job requirements.
Exactly the what question is asking. Company will offer training to employees so that their skills do not become obsolete because of AMT.

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The amount of time it takes for most of a worker's occupational knowledge and skills to become obsolete has been declining because of the introduction of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT). Given the rate at which AMT is currently being introduced in manufacturing, the average worker's old skills become obsolete and new skills are required within as little as five years.

Which of the following plans, if feasible, would allow a company to prepare most effectively for the rapid obsolescence of skills described above?


(A) The company will develop a program to offer
selected employees the opportunity to receive training six years after they were originally hired.
(B) The company will increase its investment in AMT
every year for a period of at least five years.
(C) The company will periodically survey
its employees to determine how the introduction of AMT has affected them. I
(D) Before the introduction of AMT, the company
will institute an educational program to
inform its employees of the probable
consequences of the introduction of AMT.
(E) The company will ensure that it can offer
its employees any training necessary for meeting their job requirements.

It is a tough question that I cannot did it for the second time . I did not get the logic behind AMT.


IMO A. If you introduce the workers to AMT their skill will be obsoleted. If you want to prepare most effectively for the rapid obsolescence of skills then dont introduce/train the workers for next some years.

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but in E also it doest say when the company is going to provide the training it could be after 5 years or more than that . so how do we choose between A and E.

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perfectstranger wrote:
The amount of time it takes for most of a worker's occupational knowledge and skills to become obsolete has been declining because of the introduction of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT). Given the rate at which AMT is currently being introduced in manufacturing, the average worker's old skills become obsolete and new skills are required within as little as five years.

Which of the following plans, if feasible, would allow a company to prepare most effectively for the rapid obsolescence of skills described above?


(A) The company will develop a program to offer
selected employees the opportunity to receive training six years after they were originally hired. ->selected employess does not sound good and effective for rapid obsolescence.REJECT
(B) The company will increase its investment in AMT
every year for a period of at least five years. -> Inspite of incresing investment program content is not gonna vary .Here what kind of dev planned is missing.
(C) The company will periodically survey
its employees to determine how the introduction of AMT has affected them. -> Survey is fine but what steps are taken post survey is missing here .FLAWED
(D) Before the introduction of AMT, the company
will institute an educational program to
inform its employees of the probable
consequences of the introduction of AMT. -> IRRELEVANT.to make skills obsolete no need to give tutions or coaching that too regarding
AMT.

(E) The company will ensure that it can offer
its employees any training necessary for meeting their job requirements. -> APT IMO(E) ->Since by doing this new skills are enhanced and old get rubbed away.employees are trained to adapt to new method and skills

It is a tough question that I cannot did it for the second time . I did not get the logic behind AMT.

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IMO E.

Premise 1: The amount of time it takes for most of a worker's occupational knowledge and skills to become obsolete has been declining because of the introduction of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT).
Premise 2: Given the rate at which AMT is currently being introduced in manufacturing, the average worker's old skills become obsolete and new skills are required within as little as five years.

(A) The company will develop a program to offer selected employees the opportunity to receive training six years after they were originally hired.
Premise 2 says AMT makes skill obsolete in 5 years, then training after 6 year will not help.

(B) The company will increase its investment in AMT every year for a period of at least five years.
Question is interested in training of employee and not in investments in AMT.

(C) The company will periodically survey its employees to determine how the introduction of AMT has affected them.
Company will survey employees but how will company make employees capable of handling AMT is not told.

(D) Before the introduction of AMT, the company will institute an educational program to
inform its employees of the probable consequences of the introduction of AMT.
This may tell employees what is AMT, how it may affect them, but how will this information prepare the employees.

(E) The company will ensure that it can offer its employees any training necessary for meeting their job requirements.
Exactly the what question is asking. Company will offer training to employees so that their skills do not become obsolete because of AMT.


I dont agree with the logic given for (E) since company aims in obsolescence of old skills and enhancement of new skills.This Option says that it will provide traiing to help them meet job requirements.Hence enhances new skills and any training means there is no restriction fior employee to learn hence he will automatically give up old skills.Kindly correct me if am wrong
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A. Providing training only to selected employees and only after their skills have already become
obsolete is not likely to be an effective response.
B. This plan only accelerates the problem and does not address the employees' skills.
C. Periodic surveys may provide information to employers butwill notbe enough to prevent
employees' skills from becoming obsolete.
D. Having knowledge of the consequences does not prevent those consequences; employees' skills
will still become obsolete.
E. Correct. This would ensure that all employees have the most current occupational knowledge
and skills needed for their jobs
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Yeah E is correct?? this question is somewat simple


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Is it really a 700 difficulty level?

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I choose E. :P :P E is the obvious answer

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The question asks specifically "which of the plans would allow a company to prepare most effectively" So to me, the question seems like we should not factor the employees well being into the question.

In regards to the company, D made the most sense to me because information employees about AMT would ultimately prepare them how to deal with it.

Whereas for E, AMT is already going to take over the employee's jobs so why would training employees help them prepare for their obsolescence?

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Question to the experts- How is this a weaken question? Please do help me understand.

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The amount of time it takes for most of a worker's occupational knowledge and skills to become obsolete has been declining because of the introduction of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT). Given the rate at which AMT is currently being introduced in manufacturing, the average worker's old skills become obsolete and new skills are required within as little as five years.

Which of the following plans, if feasible, would allow a company to prepare most effectively for the rapid obsolescence of skills described above?


(A) The company will develop a program to offer
selected employees the opportunity to receive training six years after they were originally hired.
(B) The company will increase its investment in AMT
every year for a period of at least five years.
(C) The company will periodically survey
its employees to determine how the introduction of AMT has affected them. I
(D) Before the introduction of AMT, the company
will institute an educational program to
inform its employees of the probable
consequences of the introduction of AMT.
(E) The company will ensure that it can offer
its employees any training necessary for meeting their job requirements.

It is a tough question that I cannot did it for the second time . I did not get the logic behind AMT.


Please provide the OA. This is a OG 13 question, at least that's where I saw it.

I get E for this.

The stem says - " That workers skills become obsolete quicker because technology is eroding their advantage and workers' knowledge is out of date in 5 years."
So what can the company do that would help the workers not become obsolete.

A. No, because by the time they receive the training they will already have been obsolete for a year, and there's no point in keeping them. Strike.
B. This doesn't affect the workers any. The company would pour more money into fixed capital, but this doesn't affect the workers in fact it might speed things up. Strike.
C. Surveying workers doesn't help them. It just gives the company an insight into how they are feeling.
D. Same, it doesn't help the workers to know how they feeling. It doesn't help them with the skills, but it does provide a clue that the next answer choice get right. Hmm, education within the 5 year window can help. Strike.
E. Bingo. If the company offers training for the workers even with the introduction of AMT they will always be kept up to date on their skills and won't go obsolete.

Hope this helps.
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