Beyond the Classroom

...findings support the fact that the gap between education and our workforce readiness skills has been, and continues to be, an area where the learning is not meeting the requirement.

In the fall of 2006, the U.S. Conference Board reported that most young people entering the U.S. work force “lack critical skills essential for success.”   Recent surveys report that 17.4% of 4-year college graduates are deficiently prepared.  In 2008 the Conference Board then recommended that for a better prepared workforce, businesses were going to need to find ways to foster strategic partnerships with schools and colleges and aim their endeavors at improving workforce readiness skills.

All these findings support the fact that the gap between education and workforce readiness skills has been, and continues to be, an area where the learning is not meeting the requirement.  According to  research conducted by the University of Missouri St. Louis entitled "Skill Gaps: The Ill Prepared Workforce", a gap is defined as "a critical skill that is not meeting the job requirements now or in the future."  The study showed there are critical skills necessary to perform a job to the highest performance level.  Many of these skills are where gaps exist. One of the most common explanations for skill gaps is the gap between academia and the workforce.

So what is the consequence of not making a change today?  Research indicates that the skill gaps reduce productivity, diminish employee performance, create lower moral, drive up costs, reduce customer service, lower financial results and impact service in the workforce environment.

At MindSpark Partners we value the need to align academics to current and future workforce needs.  That's why every resource is evaluated against higher level learning and reviewed by a panel of educators and workforce professionals.  With their stamp of approval you'll know you're meeting the demands of the future and narrowing or closing the gap.  The time to address the problem is now and we’re here to help you.