While companies continually strive to find the most qualified candidates for job openings, the percentage of the U.S. workforce that has the skills for positions is shrinking (Kreitner, 2009, P. 62). U.S. companies reported that 17.4 percent of workforce entrants with four-year college degrees were identified as “deficient” in “expertise” needed for entry-level jobs; the percentage is higher for those with two-year degrees and high-school diplomas (Casner-Lotto, Rosenblum and Wright, 2009, P. 4).
Sixty-eight percent of companies determined a high need for training programs in creativity/innovation that teach new entrants to “exercise imagination and creativity”, “effectively communicate” and “integrate knowledge across disciplines” (Casner-Lotto, Rosenblum and Wright, 2009, P. 10).
As a result, companies may need to LOWER EXPECTATIONS within their screening criteria and FOCUS ON REMEDIAL TRAINING for new hires. While 20 percent of training budgets are currently spent on “workforce re (...) Read more? Sign up for free