Building America's Skilled Technical Workforce
National Academies Press

Building America's Skilled Technical Workforce

  • Publish Date: 2017-06-04
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Engineering, and Medicine National Academies of Sciences;National Academy of Engineering;Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education;Policy and Global Affairs;Board on Science Education;Board on Higher Education and Workforce;Technology, and Economic Policy Board on Science;Training, and Certification Pathways Committee on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs: Education

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Skilled technical occupations defined as occupations that require a high level of knowledge in a technical domain but do not require a bachelors degree for entry are a key component of the U.S. economy. In response to globalization and advances in science and technology, American firms are demanding workers with greater proficiency in literacy and numeracy, as well as strong interpersonal, technical, and problem-solving skills. However, employer surveys and industry and government reports have raised concerns that the nation may not have an adequate supply of skilled technical workers to achieve its competitiveness and economic growth objectives.

In response to the broader need for policy information and advice, Building Americas Skilled Technical Workforce examines the coverage, effectiveness, flexibility, and coordination of the policies and various programs that prepare Americans for skilled technical jobs. This report provides action-oriented recommendations for improving the American system of technical education, training, and certification.

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