ERIC Number: ED405466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Learning How To Compete. Workforce Skills and State Economic Development Policies. Investing in People Project. Issue Paper No. 5.
Goosman, William F.
This report is part of the Investing in People Project, in which states worked to develop and implement work force preparation and training strategies to meet the challenge of a competitive global economy. The choices that states, firms, and individuals must make in order to enjoy a high standard of living are discussed. In order to achieve a high standard of living, states need to change their focus from "cheap" and "quick" job training to long-term educational changes that will ensure highly skilled workers and to persuading industries and companies to become high-performing competitors in the world marketplace. The three sections of this report discuss the following: (1) the new world economy and the realities of change, including the worldwide marketplace, changing products and technology, current state economic development strategies, and smart workers and smart businesses; (2) new realities and changing roles, such as new awareness of change and choices, new structures and helping industries themselves, and managing the transition; and (3) education, work force skills, and economic competitiveness, including the need to move businesses up the performance curve, smoothing the school-to-work transition, training the 75 percent of students who do not graduate from college, and job training for adult workers. Contains 24 references. (KC)
Descriptors: Economic Change, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Labor Force Development, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Secondary Education, State Government
National Conference of State Legislatures, 1560 Broadway, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202 (item #3126, $15).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.; Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.