We Have A Problem
STEM capable/work ready employees are hard to find.
A Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index Survey found:
67% are finding skilled workers difficult
25% hired fewer workers than needed due to skills shortage
The Senate Small Business Entrepreneurship Committee reported:
All district SBA directors reported a widening skills gap is preventing small business from expanding.
Deloitte/Manufacturing Institute report published last year:
600,000 jobs are going unfilled and high unemployment is not making it easier to find skilled workers.
The hardest jobs to fill are those that have the biggest impact on performance.
The skills gap will widen as time passes due to retirements.
National Commission on Adult Literacy reports:
90 million adults have literacy skills so low that success in post-secondary education
and training is becoming more challenging. High School graduation rates are falling
1.2 million students drop out of school every year.
Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) U.S. scores are alarming:
Too many schools fail to align themselves with the needs of local employers, a mismatch that is bad for both employers and employees.
You Can Participate In A Solution
We invite you to join us in a STEM Workforce Development Conference on June 7, 2012 at Temple University’s School of Engineering.
Senior executives from local companies, academia, and the military will be presenting programs that are having a positive impact on the problem.
A solution for your businesses skills pipeline exists with your collaboration and integration with local schools. The solution is your collaboration with nearby schools to partner and co-develop innovative STEM focused programs. By integrating curriculum with real world projects you can infuse classroom learning with real world problem solving.