How has the workplace changed over the last 50 years? • Technology • Production moving toward team approach • Move toward multi skilled workers (able to do various parts of the process instead of only one) • Increased investment in employees (looking for “trainable” employees) • Baby boom generation leaving workforce • Generation Y (born between 1978 – 1999) moving in Current reality in the workplace… new employees are not measuring up “The future U.S. workforce is here – and it is woefully illprepared for the demands of today’s (and tomorrow’s) workplace. “ “When asked to assess new workforce entrants, employers report that many of the new entrants lack skills essential to job success.” “Employers expect young people to arrive in the workplace with a set of basic and applied skills, and the Workforce Readiness Report Card makes clear that the reality is not matching expectations.” • • From “Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on New Entrants to the Workforce” Detailed survey of 431 human resources officials, conducted in 2006 What are these missing skills? In Summary: Here is the foundation… Basic Skills Thinking Skills Personal Qualities -reading, writing, math, speaking, listening -problem solving, knowing how to learn, decision making - responsibility, self-management, integrity Competencies (SCANS): Resources Interpersonal Skills Information Systems Technology Allocating time, money, materials, space and staff Working on teams, teaching, serving customers, leading, negotiating, working with people from diverse backgrounds Acquiring and evaluating data, organizing and maintaining files, interpreting and communicating, using computers to process information Understanding social, organizational & technological systems, monitoring and correcting performance, designing and improving systems Selecting equipment and tools, applying technology to specific tasks and maintaining and troubleshooting technologies It’s what we “sell” Students attach more significance to learning that seems to directly relate to their success on the job Area businesses are keeping track Good news!! = Intentionality Don’t: revamp everything Do: Draw attention to job readiness skills you use in your classroom Do: Take teachable moments Do: Increase awareness of what employers are looking for in a candidate A few ideas… Require group work/discussion Encourage peer revision Address inappropriate email or weak handshake A Chance to Reflect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuNJTeIN79Y (social studies lesson) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GsN5uwLEww (math lesson) Use the checklist to mark which job readiness skills the teacher is addressing in class. What does this mean for you? What skills will you make efforts to either highlight or begin using in your classes?