Here int he midwest we've been dealing with this alerts for weather from the day was pushed out. The I think it was about 2 days after the update we got multiple Thunderstorm Warnings for things happening 30 miles away and not even on a track for our geographic location. Wasn't part of the point of this to provide more accurate pinpointed alerts? You know where the cell towers are and you could send alerts to just the towers in the area of potential risk.
We also have the delayed messages, we got the first messages on time but well after the actual events we were still getting messages. Turning a recent Tornado Warning the local sirens went off as they should but about the time the all clear sounded then our phones started blowing up with the Tornado Warning. It was very confusing.
There also doesn't seem to be any scale to the level of the alert. They are all "RUN FOR YOUR LIVES" kinds of alerts. A Thunderstorm doesn't deserve the same level of alert as a Tornado.
I'm in Higher Ed and we actually have our own Microsoft Certified trainer on staff as part of our IT Training group. We also have Comp TIA and Adobe training along with free access to Lynda.com. University students can take training most trainings nearly free, faculty and staff may pay something. If there is a paper (work)book you do have to pay for that but usually your department will cover that cost. When you have close to 20K employes across the system, of which 800 or so are IT related, then it pays to have trainers. You usually get one payed attempt at the certification test. After that you pay for it. This even applies to our hourly staff even if they aren't students. The issues we have are departments not letting their people take a week off to do the training or they won't pay the book fees.
Travel for training is different. The training or conference needs to be directly related to what you do or will be doing but usually the university will cover it for one member of a team.
In education our wages are much lower than industry but time off and retirement savings are better. We get about 4 to 6 weeks time off and in addition to regular salary we probably get 30% to 40% more in benefits.