Employers must do more on workforce development: study

"The Ill-Prepared U.S. Workforce" report highlights gaps in employer training

07/16/2009


A new report shows that U.S. employers continue to struggle with an ill-prepared workforce, finding new hires lack crucial basic and applied skills.
For the most part, employer-sponsored readiness training is not successfully correcting these deficiencies, according to the report, "The Ill-Prepared U.S. Workforce: Exploring the Challenges of Employer-Provided Workforce Readiness Training." The report was produced by Corporate Voices for Working Families, the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), The Conference Board, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
"The Ill-Prepared U.S. Workforce: Exploring the Challenges of Employer-Provided Workforce Readiness Training" is available on the Web sites of each of the participating organizations: Corporate Voices for Working Families , The American Society for Training and Development , The Conference Board , and the Society for Human Resource Management .
"The results of this study demonstrate how critical it is for companies to be more strategic and focused on efforts such as providing internships and working in partnership with community colleges on workforce readiness initiatives to prepare new entrants before they enter the workplace," says Donna Klein, executive chair, Corporate Voices for Working Families, which partnered with The Conference Board, the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on the report and its underlying survey of U.S. employers.
"It is a losing strategy for employers to try to fill the workforce readiness gap on the job. They need to be involved much sooner to prepare new employees to succeed," Klein said.
Almost half of respondents said they have to provide readiness training for new hires - and the majority rate their programs as only "moderately" or "somewhat successful."
"U.S. business is increasingly outspoken about the competitiveness threat posed by an ill-prepared workforce, but employers must do a better job of quantifying this threat and communicating it to key stakeholders," says Mary Wright, program director, Workforce Readiness Initiative, The Conference Board.
"It doesn't make any difference if you're operating a business in Mumbai, Beijing or New York - the number one challenge facing every organization is finding and growing skilled talent," said SHRM CEO and President Laurence O'Neil. "HR professionals are helping bridge the gap, finding ways to give employees the skills they need to add value and to be more valued. This isn't just an HR challenge, but a bottom-line global business problem."
"In any economy, having a knowledgeable, skilled workforce is critical for organizations to grow and be successful," said Tony Bingham, ASTD President and CEO. "As the skills gap widens among new entrants to the workforce, it's clear that all stakeholders - employers, education, and the public workforce system - must collaborate to effectively prepare workers to be successful on the job."
The report found:

  • Many companies say new hires lack crucial critical-thinking and creativity skills, but don't offer related training.
  • Employers' inability to detail their spending on remedial programs makes it impossible to assess the true costs of an ill-prepared workforce to their own or the economy's bottom line.
  • Employers with successful workforce readiness training incorporate a culture committed to training and thorough job-readiness screening, strategic partnerships with local colleges, and a focus on integrating training with job-specific skills and career development, and constant re-evaluation to align training with company needs.


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