ERIC Number: ED413522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce Training. Supply, Demand, and Gaps.
Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
This study analyzes the gaps between supply and demand for workforce training in Washington State and recommends strategies for reducing the gaps. Using data from state and national surveys, supply and demand is analyzed in three categories: youth, adults, and adults with barriers to employment, from the perspectives of both employers and employees. Some of the findings are the following: (1) jobs requiring a high school diploma but no further training will be plentiful but low-paying, and employers report difficulty in finding young job applicants with occupation-specific, problem-solving skills, and positive work habits; recommendations include education reform, continuing the development of a school-to-work transition system, and increasing participation in vocational-technical education; (2) employers report difficulty in filling jobs with adults who have a vocational degree from a 2-year college, whereas adults report a lack of opportunity to participate in education to improve their job skills; and (3) economically disadvantaged adults, dislocated workers, and adults lacking basic skills face large gaps in the availability of services. Recommendations include the following: increasing efficiency at community colleges, adding community college students, increasing funding for job training programs, establishing a one-stop career center system, and developing new strategies for literacy education. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Education, Competency Based Education, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Employment Projections, Institutional Cooperation, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, State Programs, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington