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The report is based on a detailed survey of 431 human-resource officials that was conducted earlier this year by the Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Its objective was to examine employers' views on the readiness of new entrants to the U.S. workforce--recently hired graduates from high schools, two-year colleges or technical schools, and four-year colleges.You can also download the full report.
. . . Business leaders report that while the three "Rs" are still fundamental to every employee's ability to do the job, applied skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, and communication also are essential for success. In fact, at all educational levels, these applied skills trump basic knowledge skills in importance in the view of employers. The survey found, however, that too many new entrants to the workforce are not adequately prepared in these important skills.
. . . "This study should serve as an alert to educators, policy makers, and those concerned with U.S. economic competitiveness that we may be facing a skills shortage," said Susan R. Meisinger, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management. "In a knowledge-based economy, a talented workforce with communication and critical-thinking skills is necessary for organizations and the U.S. to be successful."
. . . Looking toward the future, nearly three-fourths of survey participants ranked "creativity/innovation" as among the top five applied skills projected to increase in importance for future graduates.