In a recent survey, ninety-two percent of executives said the sustainability of their business is threatened by a job "skills gap.” When asked to define what critical skills are lacking, respondents cited a wide range, including soft skills such as communication, critical thinking, collaboration and advanced leadership skills, STEM (science, technology, education, and math) knowledge and background, and basic computer skills. Diverse causes for these skills gaps have been suggested, ranging from retiring Baby Boomers, failures in our educational system, the rapid pace of technological change and issues such as transportation and affordable child care. Proposed solutions are just as diverse, including partnerships with colleges, enhanced in-house training and lowering emigration barriers.
This interactive "Cracker Barrel” program will give participants opportunities to learn about and discuss the aspects of the skills gap problem that interest them most.
In the Cracker Barrel Format, participants will join tables hosted by “skills gap” specialists from manufacturing, education, health care, and soft skills areas. Each host will present a short perspective for discussion with discussants. Participants will have the opportunity to join three different discussions during the ASTD session.
Manufacturing/technical - Dr. Victoria Littlefield is a Partner at Lumin Advantage, a consultancy that focuses on leadership and organization development in the STEM sector. Several reports have noted that the skills gap is not only a technical and computing skills gap, and that an important gap exists in soft skills such as communication, creative thinking, collaboration, and problem solving. Dr. Littlefield will discuss solutions that organizations have attempted, and provide ideas for implementation.
Cancellation Policy: With written cancellation notice, received one week prior to the event, you will receive a refund, less a $10 processing fee. Cancellations the week of the event are non-refundable. Notice of cancellation must be faxed to the ASTD-TCC office. No-shows will not receive a refund.
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