Skills Gap In Education

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Imagine an America where the unemployment rate is high, all our manufacturing has been moved to China, and important jobs are left unfilled and forgotten. Right now we are heading towards that future because of our widening skills gap. The skills gap must be solved in the near future because of an increasing unemployment rate which is partially caused by the outsourcing of jobs, but we can fix this by informing the youth about skilled jobs, pushing skilled training and advanced information into high schools, and increasing the amount of internship, apprenticeship, and technical school opportunities available. The main problem of the skills gap is within middle skills jobs. Middle skills jobs are “jobs, which require education beyond high…show more content…
At this point in time, the average student’s high school career is based upon getting into college and working towards at least a four year degree. Students need to be exposed to other opportunities such as technical schools, internships, and apprenticeships at skilled jobs. There are many different “educational experiences businesses can employ including job shadowing, networking events, mentorship programs, skills competitions, apprenticeships and tradeshows” (Houlihan) which would create student exposure and would cultivate jobs in the areas they are exposed to. After the schools expose the students to these college alternatives, they need to offer training opportunities in crucial skills that will assist students in obtaining these low and middle skills jobs. The Association for Talent Development (ATD) did a survey of businesses asking which main skills their employees were lacking. 62 percent of the businesses said that their employees lack communication skills, 58 percent said they lack critical thinking skills, 50 percent said they lack project management skills, and 41 percent said their employees lack technical skills. All of these are skills that can be worked on at the high school level and will increase the successfulness of employees in their jobs, decreasing unemployment and job shortages. The last step will be high schools offering specific job training as a class. For example, a high school could offer classes specific to becoming an electrician or a plumber, which will also grant full or partial certifications towards being eligible for that job. This will allow students to get work experience as a class which will prepare them for life after school. A majority of the skills gap could be filled with the right information

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