The Skills Gap: Redefining the Problem, Reframing the Narrative, and Reinventing Partnerships

January 10, 2017

The EvoLLLution reviews Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work, written by WCER's Matthew T. Hora.

From the article:

Emerging from the record-setting 2008 recession, conversations about economic recovery often focused on the apparent disconnect between jobs and workers. As businesses tried to fill key vacancies, they encountered a shortage of applicants with the right qualifications. Likewise, job seekers were stymied by the “jobless recovery” and the number of openings that required skills they did not possess.

Thus, the “skills gap” took hold in our economic vernacular. Despite the prevalence of this term in mass media and political discourse, there has been little consensus on its definition, significance, causes, and possible solutions.

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