ERIC Number: ED298300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Building a Quality Workforce. A Joint Initiative.
Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
For this joint effort among three Cabinet Agencies, studies by a variety of organizations were reviewed and 134 business leaders and 34 education leaders in many communities throughout the United States were interviewed to determine what businesses find lacking among new entrants into the labor force and what employers' work force needs will be in the future. In addition, seven employer/school forums were held across the country. Some of the findings were the following: (1) the workplace and the economy as well as job requirements are changing rapidly; (2) the basic skills gap between what business needs and the qualifications of entry-level workers is widening; (3) employers find the competencies of entry-level workers deficient in basic mathematics, reading, writing, and communications, as well as in problem solving and teamwork; (4) lack of these skills is costing American business money; (5) educators agree with business about the skills needed in the workplace but few educators acknowledge that the gaps are as severe as business indicates; (6) business must do a better job of anticipating future work force needs and communicating them to educators, parents, students, and the community; and (7) more cooperation between business and the educational community is needed. It is concluded that in order to close the skills gap, the quality of education must be improved, businesses must assist schools, and the community must be mobilized to ensure the best education for young people and a high quality work force for the nation. In addition to describing research findings, the report also contains descriptive profiles of three communities which are successfully closing the gap between workplace needs and workforce capabilities. (An annotated bibliography is appended, as are lists of forum participants and business persons and educators consulted.) (KC)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Business Responsibility, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Educational Improvement, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Attitudes, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Futures (of Society), Job Skills, Labor Needs, School Business Relationship, School Role
Office of Public Affairs, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room S-2307, Washington, DC 20210.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.