Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce: May 18 Report Release and Panel Discussion

The United States needs a skilled technical workforce to remain competitive in the global economy and to ensure that its workers participate in the nation’s economic growth. But recent employer surveys and industry and government reports have raised concerns about whether the supply of skilled technical workers adequately meets demand now and in the foreseeable future. Skilled technical jobs  -- often referred to as “middle skill” jobs -- include a range of occupations that require a high level of technical knowledge, but often do not require a bachelor’s degree for entry. 

Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, examines the U.S. system of workforce education and training and identifies challenges that students, workers, employers, educational institutions, and governments face in investing in skills.  The report recommends steps that Congress, federal and state agencies, employers, and educational institutions should take to support workers in completing education and training programs and upgrading their skills throughout their lives.

The report will be released with a panel discussion moderated by former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, chair of the committee that wrote the report, and other members of the committee.  The panel discussion will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon EDT on May 18 in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. See the agenda for more information.

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Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only starting at noon EDT on Wednesday, May 17. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, May 18. Reporters  who wish to obtain copies or attend the May 18 event should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.