Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce

Skilled technical occupations—defined as occupations that require a high level of knowledge in a technical domain but do not require a bachelor’s degree for entry—are a key component of the U.S. economy. In response to globalization and advances in science and technology, American firms are demanding workers with greater proficiency in literacy and numeracy, as […]

Addressing the skills gap in America through apprenticeships

In Washington, the most common conversation topic should be a simple one: jobs. How do we create more of them? How do we prepare Americans for the jobs that are already available? How do we ensure those jobs provide a decent wage and good benefits? In Congress, these conversations often lead to discussions on the […]

Victoria’s skills gap to get budget boost

Victorians will be able to study dozens of courses for free under the state government’s skills shortage cash splash. Almost 50 TAFE and pre-apprenticeship courses, from dental nursing to concreting, will be free from 2019 under a $172 million state budget package. Treasurer Tim Pallas said the state previously benefited from skilled migration as the […]

Cisco Networking Academy Provides New Skills to Narrow the Talent Gap

Program focuses on growing students’ STEM talents, as well as helping their communities. The talent shortage in the IT industry isn’t disappearing anytime soon. Robert Half reports in its 2018 Salary Guide that as growing industries such as healthcare, finance and manufacturing increase their reliance on technology, the demand for qualified workers is escalating at a rapid rate. That’s […]

Bill aims to attract more career and technical education teachers

The Virginia Department of Education ranks CTE number four in the ‘Top Ten Critical Shortage Teaching Endorsement Areas’ in Virginia for 2017-2018. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) is making a push to boost the number of career and technical education (CTE) teachers. On Tuesday, he introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act with U.S. Senators Rob Portman […]

Adult Education Is Crucial to Addressing Workers’ Skills Gap

The world’s rich countries face a looming challenge in education: Too many of their citizens lack the skills and credentials needed for the jobs of the future. To keep people productively engaged in work in the coming decades, and to ensure that economies maintain robust growth, governments, educators and employers will need to make lasting investments in […]