ERIC Number: ED353397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Closing the Skills Gap: New Solutions.
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Chicago, IL.
The first two chapters of this report recount the history and organizational goals of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and then list challenges and barriers to adult training and education. Chapter 3 describes characteristics of programs that would respond to the skill-building challenge: (1) provide opportunities to all levels of the work force; (2) foster employee initiative and motivation in gaining skills and knowledge; (3) allow employees to choose from among training options and have them learn on their own time; (4) provide prepaid tuition; (5) provide ongoing educational advising and support; (6) link tuition assistance to identified human resource needs and communicate these needs to employees; (7) provide a continuum of options from General Educational Development preparation to technical courses and certificates and degrees; (8) integrate public and private school opportunities with employer-sponsored programs; and (9) provide a single point of contact for employers to get information about education and training options. It also discusses CAEL's experience with comprehensive employee education and training programs, emphasizing the joint ventures model. Chapter 4 makes the following recommendations for public policy directions: (1) provide technical and operational resources to help implement programs; (2) provide tax incentives to employers for ongoing operation of programs; (3) make the tax exemptions permanent; and (4) build educational institutions' capacity to work in partnership with employers. (CML)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Chicago, IL.