ERIC Number: ED500211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Reference Count: N/A
Arkansas Department of Education Business Leader Research on Preparedness of High School Seniors for Entering the Workforce
Arkansas Department of Education
In May of 2006, two focus groups were conducted for the Arkansas Department of Education. The goal of this research was to explore the needs of Arkansas business leaders with regards to hiring Arkansas high school graduates. Some of the themes explored in the research were: skills perceived to be lacking in the graduates, strong suits of recent high school graduates, current workforce needs, and overall perceptions of recent high school graduates. The skills that employers look for are hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills are those skills sets useful for specific job types. In this report the hard skills discussed are: writing, math, science, computer skills and reading comprehension. Soft skills are defined as everyday life/social skills and will include work ethic, verbal and nonverbal communication, attendance, and interview abilities and attitudes. The complaints of the business leaders were dominated by soft skills.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, High Schools, Nonverbal Communication, Focus Groups, High School Graduates, Work Ethic, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Labor Needs, Job Skills, Business, Leadership, Interpersonal Competence, Attendance, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes
Arkansas Department of Education. 4 State Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201. Tel: 501-682-4475; Web site: http://www.as-is.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas