Learning for Life: How Continuous Education Will Keep Us Competitive in the Global Knowledge Economy

Learning for Life: How Continuous Education Will Keep Us Competitive in the Global Knowledge Economy

Learning for Life: How Continuous Education Will Keep Us Competitive in the Global Knowledge Economy

Learning for Life: How Continuous Education Will Keep Us Competitive in the Global Knowledge Economy

Synopsis

Today's global knowledge economy requires individuals and companies alike to quickly adapt to new tools and strategies. To remain competitive, both must continually upgrade their skills. In the United States, however, support for ongoing education lags far behind other developed nations, creating a crippling skills gap. How did we get to this point, and why are other countries faring markedly better? What keeps our nation's vast network of corporate training, workforce development, and K-12 and college education so fragmented and inefficient? Gathering insights from key thought leaders and exemplary programs, Learning for Life examines: Why America's existing educational models are failing employees and employers The shift from content knowledge toward new ways of thinking and working, grounded in creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration Policies and programs that are working in the U.S. and abroad Recommendations for overhauling our education and training infrastructure and building partnerships between providers and employers In a constantly changing world, the stakes are high to ensure our workforce performs. Learning for Life points to the most promising pathways for getting there."

Excerpt

I believe that the key ingredient to corporate success is human capital. Global companies, across sectors and across industries, depend on the quality and preparedness of their people to produce leading-edge products and services that result in competitive advantage in an ever-changing marketplace. in recent years, the American labor market has failed to source an adequately skilled workforce to satisfy these changing needs. Our collective education- to-work system in this country is in transition, and there is an urgent need for change.

Throughout my career, I have recognized and appreciated the benefit of human capital and consistently invested in a wide range of development initiatives. At Pearson, I have continued our long-standing tradition of supporting workforce development initiatives. Through a number of programs, our executive team is strategically committed to partnering with community and educational organizations to equip our employees with the requisite skills and competencies to do their jobs at an optimum level. in addition to developing the skills of our employees, we want to contribute to the development of a local, regional, and national system that leverages multiple partners in pursuit of a structure that is better equipped to prepare the workers for tomorrow. For example, in 2012, Pearson partnered with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) to change the way adult learners in Kentucky access educational resources and invest in their academic futures. the goal was to revolutionize KCTCS’s already successful Learn on Demand (LOD) program, using Pearson’s technology (in particular our MyLab platform) to facilitate increased competency-based learning opportunities. Through this adaptable and customizable curriculum, students now have an opportunity to obtain workforce skills and earn their academic credentials more quickly while remaining focused on genuine learning—and all at a lower cost. Through this program, we are pioneering a new precedent for the responsibility and role of a public company in collaboration with a broader system of partners committed to helping people successfully “skill-up” and transition in today’s economic realities.

This handbook clearly and proactively articulates the changing environment and market context facing today’s businesses and related workforce. It . . .

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