What does that tell me? That employees (or wanna be employees) need to work to correct the deficiencies on their own. Knowledge is power–if you know what employers are looking for, you can highlight the key skills that you have and improve where you’re lacking. Employers aren’t going to do it for you, more than ever employees are responsible for their own success and career growth. May seem like a Catch-22, but it’s the reality of today’s working environment.
Statistics from the report:
OVERALL PREPARATION OF NEW WORKFORCE ENTRANTS
Educational level Deficient Adequate Excellent
High school 33.9% 50.6% 15.6%
Two-year college 21.7 54.6 23.7
Four-year college 17.4 51.1 31.5
TRAINING GAP IN APPLIED SKILLS
Skill Percentage reporting a high need for the skill, but offering no training in it
Lifelong learning 44.1
Critical thinking 43.6
Written communication 37
Oral communication 31.3
Source: The Ill-Prepared U.S. Workforce: Exploring the Challenges of Employer-Provided Workforce Readiness Training, produced by Corporate Voices for Working Families, the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), The Conference Board, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).