Posts Tagged ‘skills’
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Employers should focus on finding workers with the right kinds of cognitive skills instead of placing a heavy emphasis on recruiting talent with a list of secondary degrees, suggests Michael Smith, COO of Innovate+Educate, a nonprofit industry-led organization. He reflected on his organization’s efforts to help close the skills gap last week at the inaugural Close It Summit in Washington.
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The nation’s workforce is undergoing a profound shift as many of today’s seasoned workers reach traditional retirement age. As such, demand for professionals in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is forecast to dramatically outpace the supply of STEM workers.
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Post-secondary education helps keep the nation competitive in the global marketplace, but a panel of experts who spoke at The Close It Summit this week agreed that better collaboration is needed between schools and businesses to produce talent with the right job skills.
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Although workers face a demanding labor market and jobs that require advanced skill sets, a new study shows that Americans fall below the global average when it comes to basic skills, including literacy and math.
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In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers.  Read more


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Despite reports of chronic worker shortages for both middle-skilled jobs and high-skilled positions, new survey findings from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) signal that the newest wave of job applicants lack even the most basic skills, including “writing,” “math,” and “professionalism.”
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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are being touted as the future of secondary education, and many proponents argue that the MOOC model may solve the U.S. shortage of technical workers. Skeptics, however, question the quality of the training provided by such online education courses. Read more


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