Giving Compass' Take:
- Surveys indicate that young people feel prepared from non-degree upskilling programs for the workforce, but not many people know these pathways exist.
- How can alternative pathways in upskilling help fill workforce gaps? What can increase awareness?
- Read about successful upskilling programs for corporations.
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The majority of young people in nondegree pathways to upskilling say they are workforce ready, according to a survey conducted by American Student Assistance and Jobs for the Future — but many are still uncertain about and unaware of such programs, the survey results indicated.
Of those surveyed who stated their confidence in their nontraditional path, one-third pursued a certification, another third obtained a certificate and one-fifth had pursued a competency-based license.
ASA and JFF surveyed more than 1,100 high school graduates who opted not to attend college directly after high school to ascertain what they chose to do instead. Nondegree pathways included apprenticeships, boot camps, certificate programs, industry certifications and occupation licenses.
Seventy percent of “pathway youth” surveyed — who are participating in postsecondary education of some kind that is not a college degree — reported confidence in their plans; 9 in 10 said they are satisfied with their path, as well, due to opportunities for hands-on work and to learn by doing, the report said.
“A growing number of young people are interested in diverse postsecondary pathways that enable them to build a life and career on their own terms. But acquiring the skills needed to thrive in a dynamic workforce can be unclear and confusing for learners,” said Jean Eddy, president and CEO of ASA, in a statement. “It’s the responsibility of policymakers, advocates, and educators to ensure young people have the information and opportunities necessary to build those skills.”
Of those who aren’t pursuing alternative paths, nearly two-thirds said they would have considered such if they knew about them in the first place, speaking to the ongoing challenge such programs have in reaching young potential workers.
Read the full article about upskilling by Kathryn Moody at HRDive.