Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Employers Say US Grads Don't Have What It Takes: A Report Reveals Concerns over the Newest Generation of Workers' Fitness for the Global Economy

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Employers Say US Grads Don't Have What It Takes: A Report Reveals Concerns over the Newest Generation of Workers' Fitness for the Global Economy

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IF JOHNNY CAN'T read, write, or do basic math, then he doesn't stand much of a chance once he enters the workforce, which is precisely what a new report from a collaboration of business research organizations indicates. The report finds that the current pool of graduates from US high schools, vocational schools, and two- and four-year colleges lacks the necessary academic and more-advanced applied skills (such as professionalism and work ethic) for success in the world economy.

The result of a collaboration among The Conference Board (www.conferenceboard.org), Corporate Voices for Working Families (www.cvworkingfamilies.org), the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (www.21stcenturyskills.org), and the Society for Human Resource Management (www.shrm.org), the report is titled "Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers' Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century US Workforce." It draws from a survey of 431 human resources officials and other senior executives conducted during April and May of this year.

The good news: The majority of respondents answered that high school graduates are sufficiently prepared for the workforce in the areas of technology, teamwork, and diversity. "All three are areas where business leaders, educators, and communities have focused unified energy and resources in recent years," says Donna Klein, president and CEO of Corporate Voices for Working Families. …

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