A Future of Good Jobs?: America's Challenge in the Global by Editors Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman, Timothy J. PDF

By Editors Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman, Timothy J. Bartik, Susan N. Houseman

ISBN-10: 0880993324

ISBN-13: 9780880993326

ISBN-10: 1435641035

ISBN-13: 9781435641037

Can the U.S. financial system generate fit development of fine jobs -- jobs that would verify a gentle development within the lifestyle for the center category and that may provide a manner out of poverty for low-income americans? during this well timed new quantity, top coverage analysts research the demanding situations dealing with U.S. exertions marketplace coverage and suggest concrete steps to make American employees and employers extra aggressive in a world economic system.

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Although people become educated and learn skills for many reasons, this section focuses on skill development for productive careers. A useful way to begin is to classify these skill creation strategies as either initial preparation or continuing preparation for careers. It is true that some institutions—notably community colleges—provide each of these two kinds of skill development, but the distinction is nonetheless worth making. Schools and Other Skill-Building Organizations Initial preparation starts in the school system.

Instead, many jobs involve on-the-job training with little or no certification. In this context, it is not surprising that statistical agencies do little to measure and researchers do little to analyze occupational certification. Contrast this pattern with the qualification systems of other advanced economies. As a National Research Council panel pointed out (Hansen 1994), several countries have national standards for work-related skills and certify those skills through training that qualifies workers for a particular occupation.

In 2002, about half of high school sophomores participated in athletics, 22 percent in a music activity, and 8 percent in an academic or vocational club. In addition, nearly 60 percent had worked for pay and 26 percent were working at the time of the survey. Sophomores from low-income families had somewhat lower activity levels. indb 45 2/29/2008 1:42:04 PM 46 Lerman ties probably helps youth develop, no one measures the acquisition of added skill sets. Despite the academic tests mandated by NCLB and a growing emphasis by states on a strictly academic curriculum, a sizable share of students still take vocational courses in high school.

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