‘Skills gap’ includes college graduates

Education doesn’t guarantee job readiness, according to ACT’s new report on workforce skills gaps.

For manufacturing, healthcare, construction and energy-related target occupations requiring a middle or high level of education, a majority of test takers were unable to  “locate, synthesize, and use information from workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, tables, forms, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, maps and instrument gauges.”

The gap between job seekers’ skills and the skills employers want “widens as the level of education increases.”


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  1. Joanne – the point fits in great with your ongoing set of questions re: the efficacy/importance of college for everyone. I still wonder, though, if classroom education is meant, or even should prepare people for jobs.

    It strikes me that college has been designed for something completely other than preparation for work. If thats the goal of education, there are paths to get there. The problem is that college is increasingly seen as necessary for jobs that don’t require it – preventing people from getting the type of education and training they do need.