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Value of Vocational Logging Training




Xu, Yecheng

Type of Degree



Forestry and Wildlife Sciences


Logging employees need training and most of the time the get that training on the job. Vocational logging training helps logging machine operators to improve work performance including job quality, productivity, and safety. I analyzed the value of vocational logging training in USA using data from a mixed (mail and internet) survey in 2013. The survey (N=161) was targeted at logging firm owners nationwide. The results indicated that nearly all training programs for most job positions had negative NPV, and longer programs will have even lower NPV. Respondents from the North and South have significantly different attitudes on valuing employee work performance and training program investment.