Solving the Work Force’s Skills Gap
The recent presidential executive order “Expanding Apprenticeships in America” and the proposed JOBS Act, which would amend the Higher Education Act, both look to solve the skills gap by increasing support for short-term training in current technology. Such training can provide some students with current technical skills. But according to a World Economic Forum report on employment trends across a wide range of industries, the competencies most needed for long-term employment are more foundational: critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity -- as well as digital fluency.
Originally published: November 9, 2017
Author: Kim Cassidy
Institution: Bryn Mawr College
Published by: Inside Higher Ed