ERIC Number: ED307506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep-4
Investing in People. A Strategy To Address America's Workforce Crisis. A Report to the Secretary of Labor and the American People.
Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Demographic trends, technological change, and increased international competition are creating shortages of skilled workers and an excess of unskilled workers. In response to this growing crisis, the Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency made 44 recommendations for a substantial, ongoing national commitment to investment in human resources. The recommendations center on three themes: (1) incentives to improve student motivation and achievement; (2) public and private investments in lifetime education and training; and (3) more efficient use of workers' existing skills. Specific recommendations include the following: presidential leadership in the development of national goals and timetables; school/business efforts to help students meet the educational standards necessary for labor market success; inclusion of transcripts and achievement test scores in employer evaluations of job applicants; incentives for teachers, administrators, and school districts; experimental school restructuring; corporate tax credits for education and training; income tax exemptions for employer-provided education and training benefits; increased funding of the Job Training Partnership Act and for postsecondary training grants; a Cabinet-level committee for human resource policy; federal support of community-based child care resource and referral agencies; increased subsidy of child care expenses; flexible employment arrangements; performance standards for public employment service; sensitivity of immigration policy to labor market needs; innovative approaches to labor-management relations; and increased funding for the collection of labor statistics, evaluations of human resource programs, and studies of best employment practices. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Business Responsibility, Corporate Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Financial Support, Government Role, Human Capital, Incentives, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Lifelong Learning, Personnel Policy, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, Public Policy, School Business Relationship, Student Motivation
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9328 (Stock No. 029-000-00428-5).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Community
Authoring Institution: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Note: Report of the Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency.