Workforce readiness can be defined as having new workplace entrants prepared to enter the workforce with the requisite knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes in order to engage in endeavors that will be required in their respective occupations. Partnerships and alliances between educational institutions, governmental entities and employers can assist in ensuring that these new workforce entrants are sufficiently prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities they will face in the workplace.
Workforce Training/Education is defined as:
- postsecondary activities (seminar, workshop, course, customized training, etc.) that develop or enhance the skills of existing employees or members of any business or industry.
- training provided to individuals, whether employed or unemployed, that is designed to meet the employment needs of the student and/or employer
- training that enhances occupational, technical, and/or soft skills (communication, computational, and interpersonal).
Workforce readiness / job readiness purpose
A workforce ready person capitalizes on personal strengths, talents, education and experiences to bring value to the workplace and the community through his/her performance, skill, diligence, ethics and responsible behavior.
When students are workforce ready, they are prepared for the next step in their lives—whether that means getting their first job or beginning their college (which eventually leads to the workplace as well)! Being workforce ready also means being ready for life.
Workforce ready refers to employment opportunities with meaningful opportunities for advancement as well as career training programs that offer technical certification or other marketable skills. Evidence and experiences indicate that the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the workforce need some form of postsecondary training to succeed during their careers.
The Oregon Investment Education Board reports that having one definition for both terms “helps to break down the ‘silos’ in which education and workforce sectors often operate,” adding “significant research has shown that although the knowledge, skills, and applications of learning required for success in particular fields and programs of study vary, the overarching skills and strategies required for students of all ages entering colleges and careers are consistent” (Oregon Investment Education Board, 2014).
Workforce readiness / job readiness importance
Our simulated work experience programs are completely driven with experiential learning. Experiential learning (ExL) is the process of learning through experience, and is more narrowly defined as “learning through reflection on doing”. Experiential learning is distinct from rote or didactic learning, in which the learner plays a comparatively passive role. We combine and enhance experiential learning with other higher order forms of active learning such as:
- cooperative learning,
- situation-based learning
Workforce job ready skills
Employers are increasingly considering competencies — rather than degrees — as the most important factor in hiring, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Companies have forever needed workforce ready individuals; people with the necessary skills to get started from day-1. While a variety of factors are involved in development of an individual’s skills, such as upbringing, networks, and quality of education, these usually do not restrict the individual’s ability to continuously grow and develop newer or enhanced skills.
At Savio Education Global, we work to instill these necessary skills that ensure people are ready for the workforce. We achieve this through our proprietary simulated work experience programs.
Explanation of workforce ready skills
- Analytical Inquiry/Reasoning = The capacity to recognize, describe and effectively solve problems through differentiation, categorization and other tools of inquiry and reasoning.
- Computational Thinking = The power to translate data into concepts and to derive data-based reasoning.
- Computer Literacy = The potential to use computers and related technology efficiently and productively.
- Cross-Cultural Competency = The ability to operate and engage in diverse cultural setting.
- Emotional/Social Intelligence = The means to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions.
- Ethical Reasoning = The judicious and self-reflective application of ethical principles and professional or occupational codes of conduct to making decisions, taking action, and resolving issues.
- Information Literacy = The capability to know how to find, organize and evaluate information through independent or collaborative inquiry in order to work with and contribute to it.
- Language Proficiency = The ability to speak, read, write and comprehend a language.
- New Media Literacy = The power to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms and to leverage these media for persuasive communication.
- Novel/Adaptive Thinking = Proficiency at creative thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based.
- Persuasive Speaking = The ability to articulate, to engage audiences, and to present messages effectively.
- Quantitative Fluency = The ability to understand and use essential arithmetic skills, calculations and symbolic operations to construct, support and visualize valid arguments.
- Teamwork-Collaboration = The skill to work productively, drive engagement, negotiate a strategy for group research or performance, and effectively communicate results as a member of a team.
- Transdisciplinary = Literacy in and ability to understand concepts and complex problems across multiple disciplines.
- Written Communication = The ability to write effective and coherent explanations and arguments for multiple types of audiences with attention to the implications of language.
Integrate workforce readiness programs with college curriculums at the bachelors and the masters levels
You’ve crafted an awesome curriculum. That’s great and its one of the ways we deliver education viz. subject / topic based. Now compliment your strategy with experience based education to make your students unstoppable! Studies have shown that work based education tend to help summarize, assimilate, and actuate learnings, in addition to generating new insight, and muscle memory of the work performed.
Companies increasingly demand job specific skills which topic based education may not comprehensively fulfill. Hence, choose our Work Experience Program, which is the world’s first work based learning program for managerial and technical roles to make your students job ready.
Our program is effective because our educators and analysts create a simulated work environment for every participant, placing them in these specific job roles that, actuating them to perform the role to the best extent possible. At the end of the program, participant see for themselves, how their new found skills perfectly align with job descriptions that companies float!