Local people require knowledge of business and finance, the use of construction and mechanical equipment, and improved farming methods, in order for the community to become self-sufficient and self-reliant. However, the necessity of devoting all efforts to the pursuit of subsistence-level farming, and the distance and travel cost to any practical training schools makes it virtually impossible for working adults to obtain these skills.
[Developing countries] In vast areas of developing countries, there are hardly any systematic facilities for the training of operatives such as tractor drivers, truck drivers, cement mixer operators and processing machinery operators.
Development is dependent on ready access to a multiplicity of skills and experience. Remote communities often pay dearly for these skills but in-service training is limited to rare occasions when trained people visit for specific tasks; they do not have time to train potential apprentices. Not only is there little training available in rural communities, the managerial experience indirectly gained from coordinating appropriate skills is almost negligible. The rarity and difficulty of obtaining skills produces a failure mentality that discourages actively seeking jobs.