GLOBAL CORPORATIONS WANT TO BE RID OF ALL MIDDLE-MANAGEMENT AND THINK THAT TPP WILL BRING NO NEED FOR REGULATORY OVERSIGHT, LABOR AND JUSTICE LAW ENFORCEMENT, QUALITY REQUIREMENTS OR CUSTOMER SERVICE TO ANY GREAT EXTENT. THEY ONLY NEED THE EXCEPTIONAL CEO WITH STRONG, SKILLED WORKERS.
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT CORPORATIONS REGULATED AND HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO RULE OF LAW, WITH CONSUMER RIGHTS REGARDING PRODUCT QUALITY AND SERVICE PROTECTED, AND WORK AND JUSTICE RIGHTS UPHELD.
THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NAKED CAPITALISM----NEO-LIBERALS AND SOCIAL CAPITALISM-----PROGRESSIVE LABOR AND JUSTICE.
This is what the discussion below on career college-job training is based!
I wanted to talk today about the education reform policy that highlighted the SKILLS GAP and community colleges as job training sites for corporations. The Brookings Institution is the neo-liberal think tank that writes these policies for corporations and this policy is followed by neo-liberals in Congress and Presidents Clinton and Obama.
THE DEMOCRATIC BASE MUST GET RID OF THESE NEO-LIBERALS BY RUNNING AND VOTING FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE!
Raise your hand if you know there is no such thing as a skills gap------EVERYONE! There is an attempt by corporations to make the taxpayer and community colleges the new corporate Human Resources. Remember, they have made public/private universities into corporate Research and Development and students and taxpayers now pay the costs of corporate research and now they want to make the public and community colleges their Human Resources which is what Obama's and Congressional neo-liberals are doing with CAREER COLLEGES AND FUNDING HEAVILY FOR JOB TRAINING. Each time a worker changes jobs.....and as the lady representing the community colleges acknowledged that could be several times in a lifetime..... they will come to the public community college to be trained for the next job. Think of the amount of public money that will go into our community colleges as corporate Human Resources. There will be no money left for funding higher education like 4 year colleges/universities. I will thank Anthony Carnevale for stating that my synopsis of the history and mission of US public education was a good one! His most important statement in my view was that if these policies are enacted only upper middle class students will receive the democratic and humanities-based education we have experienced throughout US history. Everyone else will fall into this category of vocational career colleges. Upper middle right now is about $150,000-250,000 a year and represent less than 4% of the population. You can hear the discussion on video feed. I wanted to look at the panelists to show how Brookings and other neo-liberal organizations-----like the State of Maryland right now control the topic.
THIS EFFECTS 95% OF AMERICANS PEOPLE.....DO NOT THINK ONLY THE POOR AND PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE GOING THIS ROUTE!
Research Professor and Director
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Healthcare Career Advancement Program
Vice Chancellor, Workforce and Economic Development
California Community Colleges
Director, Talent Acquisition
My comment covered the founding fathers goal of education for the American as citizen and explained that this was why public education in America was always broad and humanities based because people must know history and civics etc in order to be a member of government, a leader, and citizen voter. THIS WAS WHAT THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION WAS ABOUT AFTER ALL! History and English graduates always went to work as middle-managers as their degrees gave them the skills to lead. I went on to point out that unions had the strongest system of apprenticeship skills training in the world and partnered with corporate Human Resources to pay for and execute on the job training for all employees coming from high school or career change. This made the US the most efficient and and prosperous business/society in the world for centuries. So, MS Chenven who had the credentials of having worked for AFL-CIO and SEIU unions made it appear that the current policy was good for US workers when in fact it kills union apprenticeships---the most powerful element of unionization. It is not empowering for the worker to have to go back to community colleges and pay each time they change jobs.
UNION LEADERS MAY FEEL TRAPPED INTO SUPPORTING THESE POLICIES BUT THE MEMBERSHIP KNOWS THEY ARE BEING SNOOKERED!
Next was the community college leader from California----the land of neo-liberal policy these days. Jerry Brown just as with Maryland's O'Malley and Illinois' Quinn are neo-liberals and are appointing corporate heads to public education offices. We have Lowery as head of MD Education pushing Common Core and Race to the Top and they have Homeland Security Napolitano heading California University system for goodness sake....no education experience. So, this California community college lady was singing praises for the need to end this skills gap and how community colleges were perfect for the corporate Human Resources of the future. See how neo-liberal panels go? The last person was the corporate head himself-----from ALCOA ----singing the song of SKILLS GAP and the need to have taxpayers pay for multiple career transitions since global corporations do not intend to allow workers to have a lifelong career. He of course said that corporations will be looking for workers coming to them with the skill sets already in place. If the US did not do this, then they would have to hire overseas......which is what the Immigration Bill is about.
WHY ARE THEY CHANGING A SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIC MODEL OF LAST CENTURY? MAXIMIZATION OF PROFITS AND DIS-EMPOWERMENT OF LABOR; AND BECAUSE GLOBAL CORPORATIONS HAVE TOO MUCH POWER IN AMERICAN POLITICS!
The 'Skills Gap' Myth
By Roger Bybee, March 25, 2013 The Progressive
Corporate America has come up with a clever rationale for the plague of high unemployment. The problem is the “skills gap” between the requirements of modern technology and under-educated workers, they claim.
Our still-deplorable unemployment rate of 7.7% has nothing to do with the defects of the economic system, but on the defects of under-skilled workers, corporate leaders tell us.
This flimsy explanation for persistent unemployment and falling wages is thoroughly dynamited by Prof. Marc Levine’s recent study of the so-called “skills gap.”
Levine, an urbanologist affiliated with the Center on Economic Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, looks primarily at Wisconsin. But he explodes the myths being propagated nationwide.
Recently, the “skills gap” has become a favorite theme for executives like Caterpillar CEO Douglas Oberhelmer, politicians such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and establishment-friendly pundits Thomas Friedman of The New York Times and Fareed Zakaria of CNN. They use this “gap” to explain away persistent high unemployment. President Obama, during the fall campaign, also uncritically echoed the complaints of executives about under-skilled workers.
The “ skills-gap” salesmen tell us that we are faced with “structural unemployment” caused by the “mismatch” between the demands of modern technology and the inadequate skills of today’s workforce. Former Bucyrus International CEO Tim Sullivan issued the kind of explanation that we now hear across the nation: “We don’t have a jobs crisis in Milwaukee, we have an education crisis.”
The blame-the-worker mentality lurking behind the “ skills gap” thesis was more explicitly laid out by PIMCO hedge fund owner Bill Gross, who declared, “Our labor force is too expensive and poorly educated for today’s marketplace.”
When we talk about the “skills gap,” we can forget about inequality between the top 1% and working Americans. No wonder it’s such a popular theme for the heads of corporations who enjoyed a record $1.876 trillion in profits in 2012. They also managed to accumulate a record $4.75 trillion in savings, up from t $1.2 trillion in 1995. And, recently, the stock market hit an all-time high.
Meanwhile, working Americans face declining wages and plummeting median household income, which dropped from $54,000 in 2008 to $51,558 in January, 2013. Fully 58% of all new jobs created since 2010 pay between $7.69 and $13.83 an hour. Wages have hit a record low as a percentage of the US GDP, at 43.5%. Yet such trend-setting corporations as General Electric and Caterpillar have been aggressively fighting to ratchet down wages and benefits even further.
Conveniently, the “skills gap” narrative has come rushing to the ideological rescue of those who prefer to blame workers for our economic problems. The “skills gap” story has gained new value for its utility in claiming that under-skilled Americans still want too much in wages, leaving employers with far too few qualified workers to hire. It’s a great storyline for political figures like Gov. Walker, who promised to create 250,000 jobs during his term, but now faces a jobs deficit of 243,000 according to the Center on Wisconsin Strategies.
Levine’s study demonstrates that every key component of the “skills gap” meme propping up Walker and others is demonstrably false:
SUDDEN AMNESIA FOR SKILLED WORKERS? : Levine cites top economists who target the absurd premise that the skills of the workforce somehow dropped precipitously between 2007 (before the recession) and 2009 (when unemployment soared).
JOBS IN SKILLED SECTORS? More than three years after the official end of the Great Recession, unemployment remains at distressingly high levels for every sector of the economy, including those requiring advanced education. As Levine commented in the report, “In every sector of the economy, the number of unemployed through the end of 2012 exceeded the number of job openings.”
Further, “Even if every unemployed person were perfectly matched to existing jobs, over 2/3 of all jobless workers would still be out of work.”
WAGES RISING TO ATTRACT SKILLED WORKERS? Employers would be raising wages to attract workers with the special skills they supposedly seek if a genuine “skills shortage” actually existed. Yet workers’ wages have been falling in Wisconsin since 2000, including pay for welders where a dire shortage supposedly exists, according to the complaints of some business leaders.
MORE OVERTIME TO FILL THE GAP?: A real “skills gap” would drive employers to increase the hours of skilled workers they claim to so desperately need. In reality, average weekly hours worked in manufacturing have remained unchanged since 2000, while the average weekly overtime hours have actually dropped by 12.8% since 2000.
UNDER-SKILLED OR OVER-QUALIFIED?: A pervasive skills gap would raise the demand for workers with higher skills, as measured in indicators like college degrees. Instead, the percentage of college-degreed workers working in jobs where they are obviously over-qualified—as bartenders and retail clerks—has climbed notably. A full quarter of retail salespersons in the Milwaukee area have four-year college degrees, as do 21.6% of bartenders—both jobs classified as requiring less than a high school diploma. The wealthy can rest assured that over 60% of parking-lot attendants parking their Lexus or BMW have had some post-secondary education.
FUTURE NEEDS: HIGHEST IN LOW-SKILL AREAS: In stunning contrast to the calls of corporate, political and media elites for a better-educated workforce, forecasts of future needs show an increased demand in occupations that require a high school degree or less. No less than 22 of the 25 jobs projected by the Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development as providing the largest number of job openings between 2010-2020 require only a high school degree or less.
This grim picture suggests that we will continue to see mostly low-pay, low-benefit jobs being created, like the majority of those we have witnessed since 2010.
In this context, the “skills gap” myth plays a vital role in taking the spotlight off corporate decisions and pro-corporate government policies, Levine writes: “There’s a strong ideological component behind the skills gap trope: it diverts attention (and policies) from the deep inequalities and market fundamentalism that created the unemployment crisis, and focuses on a fake skills gap that had nothing to do with the surge in unemployment since 2007.
The “skills gap” narrative, says Levine, diverts public discourse away from “such inconvenient questions as 1) why corporate profits are at record levels while unemployment remains high and wages stagnant; 2) Why U.S. manufacturers invested in less domestic capacity than competitors over the last decade, and 3) How offshoring and other management strategies have devastated the employment base of cities like Milwaukee, and how Wisconsin employment is especially at risk from trade with China and Mexico.”
Levine’s report directly states the inescapable truth which the elites’ mythical “skills gap” seeks to obscure: “The problem isn’t a malfunctioning ‘talent pipeline;’ the problem is a sputtering job-creation machine, in both the quantity and quality of jobs created.”
Roger Bybee is a labor reporter and frequent contributor to the Progressive based in Milwaukee.
Below you see the LOL politics of Maryland where a neo-liberal running as a democrat----O'Malley-----declares he is taxing millionaires and lays the tax on the middle-class as he did over and over and over. The important thing to see is that the new upper-middle class is the one to which neo-liberals are playing----$150,000 to 250,000 and that is less than 5% of the population and falling. The other thing to note is that the Federal employees that are not being eliminated are increasingly getting these upper-middle-class wages and are graduates from Ivy League schools------
THE ADMINISTRATIVE CLASS THAT COMES WITH THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES!
So, it is this crowd that will continue to receive a democratic and humanities based education while the 95% of Americans get these vocational career college tracking. This will hit the people of color hardest as it will become almost impossible for them to advance but it hits the white middle-class as well.
Maryland Imposes ‘Millionaires Tax’ on $100,000 Incomes
June 11, 2012
Affluence in the United States
The top 5% of households, three quarters of whom had two income earners, had incomes of $166,200 (about 10 times the 2009 minimum wage in the US) or more, with the top 10% having incomes well in excess of $100,000. The top 1.5% of households had incomes exceeding $250,000 with 146,000 households, the top 0.12%, having incomes exceeding $1,600,000 annually.
The Real Cost of Living: $150,000 Minimum
TFT Yuval Rosenberg The Fiscal Times
The Fiscal TimesMarch 7, 2012The divide between the 1 percent and the 99 percent has ignited a national debate about the income gap, especially since Occupy Wall Street protesters descended on lower Manhattan last fall. But how much money does it take to feel financially secure these days?
The answer, at least according to a new survey of Americans by WSL/Strategic Retail, is $150,000. That level of income is more than three times the national median of $49,445 for 2010, and it’s enough to put a household into the top 10 percent nationally.
The survey asked respondents to choose which of four categories best described them: I can’t even afford the basics; I can barely afford the basics and nothing else; I can afford the basics plus some extras; and I can afford the basics, the extras, and I’m able to save too. It is only at that $150,000 level that the survey found the vast majority of consumers, 88 percent, saying they could buy what they need, afford some extras, and still be able to save a bit.
Even as the economy improves and consumer confidence builds, more than half of Americans – 52 percent – feel like they can just afford the basics, and many with six-figure incomes still feel like they are just scraping by. The survey found that 18 percent of American households earning between $100,000 and $150,000 said they could only afford the basics, with another 10 percent saying they sometimes can’t even afford those staples.
“We clearly have what used to be upper middle income – 75 to 150k – folks who are saying, it just isn’t so,” says Candace Corlett, president of WSL/Strategic Retail. “A quarter of them are saying I can barely afford the basics.” So while six-figure incomes used to represent affluence, that’s no longer the case.
Of course, as The Fiscal Times has written before, in many parts of the country, an annual income of $250,000 could easily leave a typicalfamily in the red once all their expenses and taxes are factored in.
The buying power of the average paycheck has shrunk along with home values. The WSL Strategic Retail survey found that $150,000 is the minimum for the average household to be able to afford the basics and a few extras, with a little left over to sock away for a rainy day. Of course, that $150,000 is based on average costs for housing, food, clothing, etc.--perhaps a place like Peoria, Illinois. If it takes that kind of money to have a decent middle class life in Peoria, what would it take to match it in the New York Metropolitan area, Phoenix, or Chicago?
We used Bankrate's cost of living comparison calculator to measure the difference in between Peoria and other cities and found the following:
• The New York metropolitan area was the most expensive. Equivalent income: $337,311.87. Percent increase to maintain standard of living: 124.87%.
• Washington, D.C. area: Equivalent income: $218,127.70. Percent increase to maintain standard of living: 45.42%.
• Chicago area came in with a 6.18% increase to maintain the standard of living. Equivalent income: $159,273.68.
• Phoenix was next with a 4.58 percent increase. Equivalent income: $156,876.64."
The struggling economy has clearly created a recession mindset among consumers. When asked how long the recession will continue, 80 percent of people say three years or more, Corlett says – up from 43 percent back in 2010. “They may not literally mean the government’s definition of a recession, but they certainly mean a recessionary mindset for them,” Corlett says.
Those financial pressures have made consumers much more cost-conscious. Three-quarters of women now say it’s “important to get the lowest price on everything they buy,” up 12 percentage points from 2008 and 22 percentage points from 2004. To that end, more are using coupons (68 percent vs. 61 percent in 2010) and buying only when items are on sale (45 percent vs. 38 percent in 2010).
And, perhaps unsurprisingly, young people – those between the ages of 18 and 34, who have long been the prized target for marketers – were more likely than other age groups to say they don’t have enough money to cover their basic needs. Nearly a quarter of those surveyed put themselves in that group, compared with 17 percent of those aged 35 to 54 and 13 percent of people 55 or older.
An IRS breakdown of U.S. incomes, released the day after the consumer survey, provides a reminder of why people, even those with six-figure incomes, may be feeling poorer. For tax year 2010, adjusted gross incomes reported to the IRS rose 5.2 percent to $8 trillion total – the first increase after a couple of years of declines. But while tax filers making more than $250,000 saw their total incomes climb almost 14 percent, those earning between $50,000 and $100,000 gained just 1.5 percent.
Below you see how trade schools are made to seem far better for the worker. Remember, union apprenticeships were on-the-job and paid for with union dues. No traditional college needed.
What you do miss with all that humanities-based 4 year degree is the very instruction that will move you up in management. Don't be fooled by the idea that you will go to trade school and move up the ladder-----THAT IS WHAT THIS CAREER PATH ELIMINATES and why getting that 4 year degree with an emphasis on a trade skill was always the goal!
The point is this.....we already have a system of trades training so all these new policies do is seek to end union control of apprenticeships and to end the ability of most people to have a general 4 year higher education opportunity that will be needed to move up the career ladder.
WILL THESE CORPORATIONS REALLY SEND YOU TO COLLEGE FOR FURTHER EDUCATION WHEN THEY ARE LOOKING FOR UNIVERSITY GRADUATES ELSEWHERE? NO, THEY WILL NOT!
A union apprenticeship
is an excellent career choice if you like to work with your hands; are willing to serve an apprenticeship for up to five years, depending on the trade you select; have dexterity, mechanical ability, problem-solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a team; want to earn a living wage and good benefits; and want the opportunity to advance in your career.
- Become skilled in a trade, and get paid to do it - "Earn While You Learn!"
- Paid "scholarship" - no or low-cost supervised training
- Full-time employment with career placement built in
- Progressively increasing wage with excellent benefits
- Nationally recognized credential - Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate
- Improved job security and standard of living
- Opportunity for college credit and/or associate degree
- Pride and Dignity
Trade School Careers
Auto mechanics, nursing assistants, chefs, beauticians and electricians are usually the professions that come to mind for most when they think about traditional trade school careers. It often comes as a surprise then to learn that today’s technical colleges also produce website designers, engineers, accountants, health care providers and any number of other types of highly-skilled professionals who earn large salaries and work in fields that were once reserved for those with four-year college degrees. Indeed, for many successful members of the workforce, the road to the career of their dreams ran not through an elite traditional university, but through a high-quality trade school program.
Why Start Your Career at a Trade School? The biggest advantage that trade schools hold over traditional colleges is the amount of relevant, hands-on experience that students acquire during their two years of study. While traditional university students sit in classrooms with over a hundred of their peers, often studying material that has no practical application to their chosen career path, vocational education students are in small classes where the instructor not only knows their name, but is also able to give each of them one-on-one training in the exact skills they will use every day in their professional career.
Even better, trade school students complete their education in just two years and enter the workforce with either a professional certification or degree in their field. Because most programs also include internships and other opportunities to work part-time in their industry for school credit, new trade school graduates also enter the job market with valuable experience under their belt. In short, they start their careers sooner than traditional college graduates, and better qualified for their preferred job.
Trade School Certifications and Degrees vs. Traditional College Degrees Many prospective students are worried that their trade school certification or degree will be viewed by employers as inferior to a traditional college degree. The fact is, in many professions, the opposite is actually true.
In addition to the aforementioned issue of previous job-related experience, the vocational school graduate has another big advantage over most other job applicants – a demonstrated passion for the job he or she is applying for. Employers interview scores of applicants who may have an impressive educational background, but who ultimately are just looking for “a job”. The trade school graduate arrives at the interview with a resume that shouts “I want this job, and I’ve studied for two years to make sure I’m successful when I get it!”
The level of career-specific focus and passion that a professional certification or degree displays to an employer is often more than enough to tip the scales in the vocationally-educated applicant’s favor. When combined with actual, relevant experience in the skills required to succeed in the open position, it’s a tough combination for the competitors to beat.
About Specific Trade School Careers
If your career ambition is to become a successful cosmetologist, paralegal or graphic artist, vocational education is still an excellent way to get a great-paying job quickly. But if you’re interested in pursuing a high-paying, highly-technical career path, you may get there just as rapidly by studying for two years at a technical college.
Trade school careers today are available in virtually every industry. For example, California trade schools alone offer training programs for no fewer than 50 different professional fields (and many different professions within each) ranging from business administration to digital media to pharmacy technology and everything in between. If you’re interested in starting an exciting new career in the field of your dreams, don’t hesitate. Start searching for a trade school near you today!
Recommended Trade Schools in California Stratford Career InstituteStratford Career Institute can help you earn your diploma from home in as little as six months, thanks to their proven study methods.
Historically it was a graduate with any degree that could be hired into middle-management because all the humanities from 4 year colleges prepared a worker to lead, manage, and communicate-----THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR MANAGEMENT. So, the idea that humanities or liberal arts majors are no longer needed is only tied to the idea of naked capitalism!!!!! NO MIDDLE-MANAGEMENT NEEDED!!
I spoke recently about Obama's Exceptionalism speech that has the Corporate CEO as master of the universe needing only skilled workers and nothing in-between......ergo......no middle-management. What makes this naked capitalism is that its goal is to be rid of all employees that would make sure the company follows rules and laws-----like regulation and labor/environmental law. Naked capitalists-----neo-liberals-----are assuming all those regulations and laws are going away with TPP....the International Trade Agreements and do not see a need for middle-management. That is why they are always saying the number of jobs will be ever falling and the need for people with leadership training.....ie, university degrees with liberal arts background.....will no longer be needed.
THAT IS WHAT THEY WANT AND THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT------WELL REGULATED CORPORATIONS THAT ARE HELD TO RULE OF LAW WITH ACCOUNTABILITY AS CORPORATE CITIZENS AND TO LABOR AND JUSTICE LAWS AND ALL THAT REQUIRES -------MIDDLE-MANAGEMENT!
THIS IS WHAT YOUR NEO-LIBERAL-----AND ALL MARYLAND POLS ARE NEO-LIBERALS ARE WORKING TOWARDS! SHAKE THOSE BUGS OUT OF THE RUG!
Comprises of managers who head specific departments (such as accounting, marketing, production) or business units, or who serve as project managers in flat organizations. Middle managers are responsible for implementing the top management's policies and plans and typically have two management levels below them. Usually among the first to be slashed in the 'resizing' of a firm, middle management constitutes the thickest layer of managers in a traditional (tall pyramid shaped) organization.
THERE IS NO SKILLS GAP ONLY THE DESIRE OF CORPORATIONS TO MAKE THE TAXPAYERS BE THEIR HUMAN RESOURCES!!!!!
La Follette School News
Study finds no “skills gap” in Wisconsin labor market
Wisconsin’s labor market shows no evidence of an existing or impending general “skills gaps,” according to a new analysis by a team of La Follette School graduate students.
The students analyzed the supply and demand for labor by building projections for both overall levels of educational attainment and specific occupations and by using present-day economic indicators.
“This is a very good study,” says Robert Haveman, professor emeritus of public affairs and economics, who oversaw the study, Examining the Skills Gap in Wisconsin, produced in the Workshop in Public Affairs for the Wisconsin Legislative Council. “It presents strong evidence that there is no general ‘skills gap’ problem in the state, although in certain places and for certain jobs there may be a problem. Perhaps these few problem areas are the ones that we hear about anecdotally.”
In their primary analysis, the students focused on the available labor supply at different levels of educational attainment and compared the supply to the expected number of openings for specific occupations projected by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development from 2012 to 2020. The students projected the number of labor force entrants at different degree levels based on graduates from Wisconsin schools, making adjustments for workforce participation and migration.
“This analysis indicates a shortage of labor in Wisconsin for projected job openings that do not require post-secondary formal education, an excess of associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree holders for the projected job openings, and a relatively small shortage of doctoral and professional degree holders” the study finds.
“If anywhere, the 'skills gap' exists for occupations requiring the state's lowest skill workers,” Haveman says.
Phil Sletten, one of the graduate students who authored the report, notes that the students designed the skills analysis to focus on state policy.
“We used educational attainment to measure labor skill levels because legislators can directly influence state education policy, while they may only be able to incentivize private employer training,” Sletten says, adding that comprehensively measuring private training can be difficult.
The students also analyzed the projected supply for nine occupations for which the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development expects high demand between 2012 and 2020. They projected the number of graduates with degrees or certificates relevant to the occupations, projected major skills gaps in computer science and information system-related occupations and in human resources-related occupations.
“When we considered the supply of educated workers in high demand occupations, we only found skills gaps in only a few key areas, most notably in computer science,” Sletten says. “There may be other skills gaps in other occupations, but those occupations are not the ones that DWD projects to be in very high demand and require some post-secondary education.”
The students’ analysis of economic indicators shows that in occupations like bartenders, taxi drivers or sales clerks, a very high proportion of employees hold degrees beyond the high school level. For example, about 60 percent of people employed in bartending and retail clerking have some form of post-secondary education or training.
“People with high school degrees or less who could hold these jobs are being bumped even further down the job ladder, many into unemployment,” Haveman says.
The team of four students, comprised of Sletten, Megan Loritz, Ben Nerad, and Jennifer Cunha, spent a semester studying the issue for a capstone project as part of completing their master’s degrees in public affairs.
The students also offer suggestions for DWD to measure future skills gaps. Specifically, the students offer suggestions for DWD’s Labor Market Information System, which is under development and aims to inform employers, job seekers, and educators about the Wisconsin labor market.
“We think DWD has a great opportunity to build supply projections into the Labor Market Information System based on the model we developed,” Sletten says. “If DWD is able to obtain information on graduates from Wisconsin institutions directly, develop more sophisticated projection methods than ours, and include more individual occupations in the analysis than we included in ours, policymakers could have frequent, detailed snapshots of the projected skills gaps in the state.”
The students also recommend a commission to explore methods of creating more demand for workers holding bachelor’s degrees in the state and enhancing programs to ease and inform worker transitions between high school, college, and the workforce.
The full report is available online.
— posted May 23, 2013