A majority of human resource officials surveyed reported that high school graduates were adequately prepared for future workplace needs in three areas: Teamwork; Diversity; and Information Technology.
In an otherwise negative report, Most Young People Entering the U.S. Workforce Lack Critical Skills Essential for Success, researchers attributed workforce readiness in these three areas to heightened attention in recent years.
“The adequacy of preparation in these areas is encouraging, as all three – diversity, teamwork and technology – are areas where business leaders, educators and communities have focused unified energy and resources in recent years,” says Klein. “These results suggest that when a particular skill is viewed uniformly as critical and is targeted, success and progress is possible.”
The most troubling areas for work readiness included written communications, professionalism/work ethic, and critical thinking/problem solving. Not very good news overall for the education industry or US employers generally, especially considering the upcoming changes expected because of the aging workforce.