ERIC Number: ED310817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Challenges for Preparing the New Work Force for the Year 2000.
Berger, Gerard I.; Daugherty, Ronald D.
This paper outlines seven challenges facing the United States in the preparation of a competent workforce for the year 2000. The first challenge will be to predict what specific workers will need to know in the year 2000, and to make this prediction 4 to 6 years prior to students' completion of the training process. The second challenge is to define and develop training programs that recognize the individual needs of those who will make up the new work force, which will include more than 50% women, 15-18% racial minorities, as many as 20-25% foreign laborers, and an increase in handicapped people. This challenge entails the recognition that training programs need to develop a curriculum that both meets the specific technological requirements of a job and gives workers the adaptability necessary to accommodate rapid changes. The third challenge is to help business and industry understand the need to accommodate the new work force and to identify viable options for accomplishing that, such as the redefinition of the work day or the work site. The fourth challenge is for educators and employers to make adjustments and compromises to accommodate the cultural and value differences among the diverse individuals who will make up the work force of the future, while the fifth challenge is to ensure that the value of quality is instilled in each member of the work force. The sixth challenge is to educate and train people both to use current technology and to be motivated to keep up with emerging technologies. The final challenge will be to raise the awareness of society, its political representatives, and the business community regarding these multiple work force challenges. (JMC)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chemeketa Community Coll., Salem, OR.