Educators And Employers Live In Parallel Worlds
Despite efforts to improve college- and career-readiness, students, educators and employers around the world still largely exist in “parallel worlds,” never really aligning the skills students learn in class and the ones they need after graduation, reports Sarah Sparks of Education Week. She reports on a new study by the McKinsey Center for Government:
“The report, ‘Education to Employment: Designing a System the Works,’ identified specific obstacles at different critical junctures of a student’s academic-career path. For example, nearly a third of those who graduate high school never enroll in college because it is too expensive.
Once enrolled, about 60 percent of students reported wanting on-the-job training and hands-on job skills, but fewer than half had courses that allowed this. Once they graduate, 25 to 40 percent of students found that they were unable to get a first job related to their college field. This matched employers’ experiences; 69 percent of employers reported difficulty in finding job candidates with the right skills.
Effective training programs around the world had two things in common, the study found. First, educators and employers worked together, with businesspeople helping to design curricula and educators working to place students in internships.
Second, both teachers and employers work with students ‘early and intensely’ to prepare them for a job.” (Read more here.)