Skilled technical occupations—defined as occupations that require a high level of knowledge in a technical domain but do not require a bachelor’s 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 America’s 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.
Table of Contents
|1 The Skilled Technical Workforce Development Challenge||5-20|
|2 Labor Market Patterns and Trends||21-38|
|3 The Public Policy Context||39-62|
|4 The Complex U.S. System of Workforce Education and Training||63-92|
|5 Challenges in Developing a Skilled Technical Workforce||93-122|
|6 Key Lessons for Programs and Policies||123-160|
|7 Findings and Recommendations||161-190|
|Appendix A: Agendas of Committee Meetings||215-224|
|Appendix B: Biographies of Committee Members||225-234|
|Appendix C: Examples of Sector-Specific Strategies||235-238|
A Conversation With Committee Chair Jeff Bingaman, Former U.S. Senator (D-N.M).
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