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ERIC Number: ED315576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-2
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Remarks Prepared for Delivery to the American Vocational Association [by the Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.]
Dorn, Jenna
A number of factors have led to the crisis of work force unpreparedness that the United States now faces, including revolutionary changes that mean businesses now succeed on the qualities of their human rather than material resources. Jobs are demanding better reading, writing, and reasoning skills, and mental agility has replaced manual dexterity as a required skill. Yet 70 percent of all high school seniors cannot write a basic letter seeking employment. The work force is growing at the slowest rate in 40 years, and as a result an increasing number of businesses are facing a shortage of skilled workers. These problems and challenges are so big that no single agency, no single individual, no single group can solve them on its own. The proposed amendments to refocus the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) would redirect funds to the least skilled and most economically disadvantaged citizens, those facing such barriers to employment as basic skills deficiencies, homelessness, teenage parenting, or a poor school record. Each trainee would be assessed for needs, and goals would be set that focus on achievement and growth rather than on filling job slots. The JTPA program could provide job-seeking and job-readiness skills. Vocational programs could provide youth with the technical occupational skills that lead to a whole career field, not just a job. The result would be an integrated, comprehensive system that would turn young lives around and provide employers with a skilled work force. (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982