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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Addressing the Skills Gap Through After-School and Summer Programs

Education Week – Alli Lidie

“In the United States, there is a large and ever-widening gap between the skills unemployed individuals possess and those that companies need to fill vacancies…Despite high rates of unemployment, an alarming 82 percent of local manufacturers struggle to find qualified employees. These middle-skill positions, many with a STEM-focus, require workers with some post-secondary education but not a four-year college degree and have a median income of almost $77,000. These should be appealing options for youth to consider. So, what can be done to get them interested? In order to be prepared for these manufacturing positions and others, the next generation of workers needs a number of targeted supports. They need to be exposed to experiences and opportunities that spark their interest and love of learning, motivating them to pursue a 21st century career. They need chances to work with adults and peers to develop the essential skills of communication, teamwork, grit, global competence, and perseverance that will allow them to succeed in their chosen field. Lastly, they need supportive adults to encourage them along the way.”(more)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rethinking Unemployment: Why We Need to Invest in Children

The Huffington Post – Traci Donnelly

“…to really find lasting solutions for chronic unemployment, we can’t focus only on the unemployed. We have to start in childhood, with measures that help children build on their strengths and thrive despite difficult circumstances. Some of these approaches have already garnered broad support, like universal pre-kindergarten, which closes the gap for children in poverty and helps them enter kindergarten at the level of their peers…Surprisingly, one of our best opportunities to help children find a path to a happy, healthy adulthood is still not widely used, despite a relatively low cost and years of research that shows how well it works. This is an approach based on resilience, the inner strengths, skills and attitudes that help children handle challenges. Resilience has been shown to be crucial for academic as well as lifelong success. Highly resilient students feel more confident and in control, and have better attendance and better grades…Often, children in poverty don’t get the support and nurturing they need to find their inner resources. But the best thing about resilience is that it is easily taught.”(more)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Children’s mental health is getting worse, says charity

The Yorkshire Post – Staff Writer

“NINE OUT of 10 frontline professionals say children’s mental health has become worse or remained persistently bleak over the past year, a charity claims today…the charity says it is concerned pressures faced by parents, among them job loss and debt, are having a detrimental impact on families…”(more)

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)