Here is an example to show the type of trainees that we are receiving at my facility (NY TRACON LGA Sector).
We just received a batch of 4 new trainees --- a bunch of young guys with absolutely no experience right off the street or with some type of aviation college degree/certificat - what have you.
Keep in mind these trainees have already spent 3 months in OKC learning ATC!!!
The instructor of this Fab. 4 spent at least 20 mins the other day trying to explain how a runway is designated a number!!! (via magnetic Hdg)--- and some of them still didn't get it. ----Usually this subject would never be taught (your at the freakin NY TRACON - you should know how a runway number is determined) --- but these guys are absolutely clueless
We are definately reaching rock bottom with candidates to do this job.