survey released by my Business Roundtable committee, Project Springboard,
reveals that the
The survey shows a glaring and growing need for workers with higher levels of skills and credentials, sharply contrasted with employers’ modest efforts to provide training and workers’ reluctance to pursue education and training because of serious obstacles holding them back. Key findings include:
- Employers expect to see an increased need for a better skilled workforce, with 65 percent of employers surveyed saying they will require an associate’s degree or higher for most positions.
- Looking ahead four years,
employers say their greatest need will be workers with more
technical skills, higher degrees or certifications, and improved skills or better qualifications.
- Half of employers say they currently have such a serious gap between their needs and employees’ skills that it affects their productivity.
- Eight in ten workers – regardless of income or education level – show keen interest in pursuing further training and education.
- The majority of workers say they would be very likely to pursue training or education if the obstacles they face could be overcome by such initiatives as programs with flexible classroom hours or enrollment periods, tuition reimbursement, online learning or programs designed and managed by local business leaders.
Participating on this committee was a terrific experience and I look forward to sharing some of our deliverables to the Obama administration with you next year!