Workforce Preparedness Gap
"The United States will fall short by 5 million workers with postsecondary education - at the current production rate - by 2020"
Percentage of jobs available by education level
EDUCATING THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE
|Bachelor's and Above||16%||12%||33%|
|Associate's or Trade School||12%||27%||29%|
|High School Dipoloma or Less||72%||41%||38%|
Source: IES National Center for Educational Statistics, US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, Digest of Education Statistics
Since 1973, the number of jobs that require at least some college has more than tripled, while those requiring a high school diploma have remained stagnant.
By 2025, 60% of jobs in America will require some form of postsecondary education. Our collective economic future depends on our ability to meet this demand. Right now, in states like Colorado, according to education watch group Colorado Succeeds, schools are producing less than 50% of the needed workforce to supply its businesses and keep the state economy growing.
A new Gallup poll highlighted only 14 percent of Americans and only 11 percent of business leaders strongly agree that graduates have the “necessary skills and competencies to succeed in the workplace.”
An increased level of collaboration between business leaders and education institutions may well be one opportunity to help close the gap between what college graduates know and what businesses need. Most business leaders feel that education institutions are not currently graduating students with the skills and competencies their businesses need, and few say they are currently collaborating with any institution on any level.
- 2013 Gallup Survey
The Generation Schools Model empowers local businesses to engage in workforce preparedness.