Tag Archives: Clinton Global Initiative

Here are the top 10 skills for the future

Want to know what the ‘experts’ say about the world kids are heading into, and what skills they will need to succeed? Here they are:

  • Sense-making (or seeing what things are connected, and how)
  • Social intelligence
  • Novel and adaptive thinking
  • Cross-cultural competencies
  • Computational thinking – seeing trends and patterns
  • New media literacy
  • “Transdisciplinarity,” or generalization
  • Design mindset
  • Cognitive load management – what to not pay attention to
  • Virtual collaboration – effectively employing technology

You can read the whole article here.

Silhouette man wonders what’s wrong with America

Interesting comic strip comparing Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden approach to education spending priorities and reasoning to our apparent priorities.

I couldn’t figure out how to embed or copy the actual comic image, so you’ll have to go to Silhouette Man to see and enjoy this one,

Skills gap in America – Bill Clinton’s answer

Bloomberg Businessweek June 23, 2013

Jorge Ramirez, President, Chicago Federation of Labor asked: “The skills gap in America has nearly reached a crisis point. There are hundreds of thousands of unfilled high-skilled jobs, particularly in areas such as manufacturing, while millions of people are out of work. How do we reconcile this discrepancy so that businesses can maximize productivity and, more important, working men and women can secure meaningful, family-sustaining employment that builds a strong middle class?

Former President Bill Clinton’s answer: “It’s been reported that over 3 million jobs remain unfilled in the U.S., even though 7.6 percent of Americans are unemployed. Employers say they can’t find qualified applicants, despite booming enrollment at community colleges and a plethora of other training programs. Many low wage workers and others who lack post-secondary credentials already posses valuable skills that aren’t reflected on a resume. Getting people into courses or credentialing programs recognized by employers will allow job seekers both to better develop skills and to demonstrate them to employers.

“At last year’s Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI) meeting, a group of participants started a conversation about setting competency standards for educational institutions and employers to place qualified workers in open jobs. As a result, the  Business Roundtable, with support from the Joyce, ACS, and Lumina Foundations and Siemens, committed to evaluating how industry-recognized certifications can address the mismatch between what an employer needs and what a worker is trained to do. We need this kind of increased private-sector commitment to skills training, particularly when pubic resources continue to be a challenge.

“Two years ago at CGI America, we received a commitment from the AFL-CIO that is a model of private- and public-sector involvement in job creation, energy efficiency, and skills training. Organized labor committed $10 billion of public and private pension assets to energy-efficiency projects and related infrastructure investments over the next five years. it pledged to train incumbent and entry-level workers for the skills to meet industry demands.

“The Building Trades unions, in partnership with employers, dedicate considerable resources to meeting the skills gap through their jointly managed registered apprenticeship programs. These respond to the needs of industry, equip workers with skills for not only a job but also a career, and don’t cost the government any money. We should promote more of these types of partnerships to develop successful models across industries.”