Strategies for Strengthening the Technical Workforce

In “Strategies for Strengthening the Technical Workforce, A Review of International Evidence,” a new report shared by the Consortium for Policy Research and Education (CPRE), Katherine Conn, Elizabeth Park, Wakasa Nagakura, Sherihan Khalil, and Thomas Corcoran (Teachers College, Columbia University), aim to help policymakers develop strategies to meet workforce challenges. The authors focus on countries suffering from a shortage of technicians and skilled workers, particularly in the STEM fields. This shortage is attributed to a mismatch between the skills and interests of the students and the needs of the labor market.

In Chapter 1, the authors offer five primary strategies for addressing this challenge. They include various types of career and technical education: vocational education, apprenticeships, cooperative education, career academies, and e-learning. For each strategy is addressed in the report, the authors provide a description of the literature, a summary of the findings, and a brief description of the limitations and implications of the synthesis. In Chapter 2, the authors share literature on strategies that seek to improve access to career and technical education, such as providing high quality information to students, and improving career counseling, and offering incentives to encourage student participation in particular fields.

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