Our youth are unprepared to join the workforce

With significant numbers of workers retiring over the next 10 years, the United States is facing a serious challenge in preparing students to meet workplace demands in an increasingly complex, knowledge and technology-based global economy. The results of the study reinforce the need for action.


Schools teach basic knowledge…
Basic Knowledge refers to areas normally acquired in school and, for the most part, are the core academic subjects identified by the ‘No Child Left Behind’ Act of 2001.

…but employers need applied skills
Applied Skills refer to those skills that enable new entrants to use the basic knowledge they have acquired in school to perform in the workplace.

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SOURCE : The Conference Board, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Corporate Voices for working families, Society for Human Resource Management [2006]. Are They Really Ready To Work? Employer’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce. Download the report.

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