Workforce Trends

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills  

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has emerged as the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education. The organization brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to define a powerful vision for 21st century education to ensure every child's success as citizens and workers in the 21st century. The Partnership encourages schools, districts and states to advocate for the infusion of 21st century skills into education and provides tools and resources to help facilitate and drive change.  The website is  http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/.

2005 Skills Gap Survey

The vast majority of American manufacturers are experiencing a serious shortage of qualified employees, which in turn is caus­ing significant impact to business and the ability of the country as a whole to compete in a global economy.  The problem for U.S. manufacturers is that this challenge is not universal. Countries with rich educational heritages, e.g., India, China and Russia, are graduating millions more students each year from college than the United States. These highly educated individuals are actively participating in the development of innovative new products without regard for historical barriers, such as geography - thanks to technologies such as broadband, inexpensive Internet-ready laptops, and collaborative tools.  With such international talent readily available and significant short­ages existing at home, it is clear that the future of American manufac­turing may now be at stake.