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Project Title:

The Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs: Education, Training, and Certification Pathways
PIN: PGA-STEP-13-02        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
National Academy of Engineering
Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Board on Higher Education & Workforce
Board on Science Education
Board on Testing and Assessment
NAE Office of Programs
Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy

RSO: Shivakumar, Sujai

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Computers and Information Technology; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Medicine; International Issues; Labor Force Issues; Policy for Science and Technology

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will examine the coverage, effectiveness, flexibility, and coordination among the nation's programs to prepare Americans for technically oriented, skilled positions in the workforce demanding non-routine problem-solving but not requiring a baccalaureate or higher degree. This system includes: apprenticeship programs of schools, unions, and employers; high school career and technical education (CTE) programs; advanced technical education and training in community colleges and for-profit colleges; employer-financed and provided training; federal education and training programs;  state learning exchanges; public-private employment training partnerships; and licensing and skills certification.

Among the topics the committee will consider are the gaps in coverage and market failures in this part of the labor market, the current and preferred public and private sector roles in financing and providing employment training and skills certification, and the incentives and information for individuals to improve their work skills. The committee will also consider selected employment preparation practices in other countries (e.g., European apprenticeship programs) and of foreign-headquartered firms and their relevance to the U.S. labor market.

In addition to reviewing and synthesizing the existing social science and program evaluation literature, the committee will commission papers and organize a national symposium bringing together researchers, industry representatives from diverse sectors, policymakers, and other stakeholders involved in technical workforce education and training. Based on its understanding of the evidence and experience, the committee will write a report with conclusions and action-oriented recommendations.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 02/04/2015
 Meeting 2 - 06/24/2015
 Meeting 3 - 06/25/2015
 Meeting 4 - 09/10/2015
 Meeting 5 - 02/17/2016
 Meeting 6 - 04/01/2016
 Meeting 7 - 12/06/2016
 Meeting 8 - 05/18/2017
 Meeting 9 - 10/26/2017
 Meeting 10 - 12/12/2017


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Building America's Skilled Technical Workforce