In addition to defining the problem, the report also offers some solutions, summarized here:
• Be clear about what workforce readiness requires. A combination of basic and applied skills is best.
• Track the cost and quality of training programs, distinguishing between career advancement, job-specific training and workforce readiness training.
• Offer direct training or funding with corporate philanthropic dollars to encourage workforce readiness curricula in K-12, technical schools and colleges.
• Coordinate HR, community relations, corporate communications and corporate philanthropy departments. Establish strategic partnerships with schools and colleges to improve readiness skills.
• Make full use of publicly funded sources for workforce training, encouraging communities and employees to seek out support too.
• Use the organization’s corporate voice to focus public policy discussion on the need to link education with workforce readiness skills.
Workforce Management, September 14, 2009, p. 33 -- Subscribe Now!