The Institute for a Competitive Workforce will be discussing the recent report, Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
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Aligning education delivery with business needs is one of our country’s most pressing imperatives if we are to minimize the increasing skills gap.
More than 36 years ago, the president of Central Washington University began facilitating meetings to bring business and education leaders together. Even at that time, there was a consensus that students were not graduating with the necessary skills employers were seeking.
On March 12, the White House announced a new proposal that seeks to merge parts of the Workforce Investment Act and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The new program, dubbed the “Universal Dislocated Worker Program” (UDWP), would provide job search assistance, training, and other benefits for up to a million dislocated workers.
ACT, one of the largest educational testing 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States, has propelled its mission to advance education and workplace success to a new level with Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC).
Joe Kitterman, founder of 180Skills LLC, recognizes that in technical education, mastery of skills counts for significantly more than time spent in the classroom.
The natural gas industry is a growing field that actively seeks local workers with knowledge of gas exploration and development.
Over 100,000 Utahns awoke this morning ready to work but had no job to go to. Ironically, in a time of high unemployment, many Utah businesses have jobs they cannot fill simply because workers with the right education and skills are not available. Education plays a critical role in our recovery from the longest, widest and deepest recession since the Great Depression and it is the key to long-term prosperity.
Considerable attention recently has been focused on the skills employees need to succeed in the workplace. However, few studies have asked employers and the workforce what they see as the key skills and competencies necessary to thrive and how these might be acquired; fewer still have asked both employers and employees to consider these topics and analyze how their responses are congruent or incongruent. Independently, the University of Phoenix and U.S. Chamber of Commerce each sought to explore these topics with new primary studies conducted among the U.S. labor force and business executives. This summary presents key findings from these studies and ties them together to paint a picture of life in the 21st century workplace and the key dynamics both workers and employers need to consider as they seek to promote excellence in the workplace.