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Friday, June 20, 2014

The acronym that can fix America’s youth unemployment problem

The Washington Post – WILL.I.AM AND BEA PEREZ

“Until we take science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) seriously in our schools, American students will continue to lag the world…in a nation where nearly one in five youth are unemployed, many employers complain that they can’t fill their technical positions that require the skills that STEM education provides.” (more)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives

Education Week – Andreas Schleicher

“Jobs, wealth and individual well-being depend on nothing more than on what people know, and what they can do with what they know…In short, without the right skills, people will languish on the margins of society, technological progress will not translate into economic growth, and countries can’t compete in the global economy.”(more)

Friday, December 27, 2013

47% of graduates of 2013 unemployable for any job: Study

Economic Times – PTI

“It seems formal education is India is not imparting enough skills to students as nearly half of the graduates of this year were found unemployable for any job, according to a study.”(more)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A New National Education Imperative

The Atlantic – Staff Writer

“Over the next decade, STEM-related job opportunities in the U.S. are expected to increase by nearly 17 percent, according to the non-profit coalition STEM Advantage. In a country with an unemployment rate that remains over seven percent, increasing the number of workers with STEM skills and education could provide a real boost, putting more Americans back to work in both the public and private sectors, increasing incomes and strengthening the American economy.”(more)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Expecting More From Higher Education

Huffington Post – Dr. Bill R. Path

“With the national unemployment rate lingering well above 7 percent for the last four and one-half years, many are wondering if high unemployment is now the “new norm” in the United States. And if this is the case, should we expect more from our institutions of higher education? Should we be asking them to do a better job of preparing graduates with specialized training and workforce-ready skills?”(more)

Education Fast Forward

Huffington Post – Andreas Schleicher

“Everywhere skills transform lives and drive economies…But the toxic co-existence of unemployed graduates on the street, while employers tell us that they cannot find the people with the skills they need, shows that education doesn’t automatically translate into better skills, better jobs and better lives. Getting education to respond to new demands, the subject of the EFF debate held on 17 July 2013, will be key to getting this right.”(more)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Almost 40% of college graduates are unemployed, lack skills

Voxxi – John Benson

“A new poll from Reuters shows nearly 40 percent of recent college graduates are unemployed and require additional training to find a career track.”(more)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Race between education and ignorance

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“The tinderbox mix of high youth unemployment, lack of education and the threat of extremism is turning access to school into a “security issue”, says Irina Bokova, director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.”(more)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Youth unemployment: it’s not age that matters but lack of skills

The Guardian – Andrew Adonis

“The low-skilled comprise the bulk of the unemployed. The OECD reported last week that 19% of 25- to 34-year-olds in the UK who left school at 16 are now unemployed in contrast to 9% in 2000, while for those with degrees the unemployment rate is only 4.7%.”(more)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Education and a Path to the Middle Class

The Huffington Post – Jack Gardner

“The future of America’s middle class looks clouded right now. With a steady decline in median household income, a growing number of Americans dropping out of the workforce, and approximately 6 million young Americans largely disconnected from mainstream society (not in school, unemployed), the facts are alarming.”(more)