Over the last 24, months U.S. businesses have created more than 3.9 million jobs, indicating that the economy is continuing a steady course of recovery. And yet, growing industries are reporting difficulty in finding appropriately skilled professionals, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and maths.
Closing this skills gap formed the heart of discussions at the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Joint Member Forum (JMF), held on March 20 as part of the Institute’s annual spring member meetings. The meeting focused on the range of activities underway aimed at helping the nation meet President Obama’s goal of doubling the credentials of the American workforce by 2020, enhancing the credentialing of personnel, and supporting secondary and post-secondary career pathways.
According to Roy Swift, Ph.D., ANSI’s Senior Director of Personnel Credentialing Accreditation Programs and the event moderator, the skills gap has left 3 million jobs vacant in the U.S. today. Concrete, effective solutions are needed to diminish this divide, and build a “workforce that works.”
During two panel sessions and interactive Q&A periods, JMF attendees sought to build a framework for a stronger U.S. workforce and economy and discussed the standards-based tools that can help enable U.S. educational institutions to better meet the needs of students, future job-seekers, and employers.
View the presentations and photo slideshow of the event.