By working closely with employers, colleges and universities can help identify what skills are required to fill job needs and the most effective path for acquiring those skills.
With the nation’s unemployment rate stagnating at around 8 percent, it would seem employers would have little trouble finding willing and able job candidates. But according to ManpowerGroup’s 2012 Talent Shortage report, nearly half of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling crucial positions. Forty percent of them say a major reason is job candidates lack essential skills, particularly in professional positions and skilled trades. ManpowerGroup chair and CEO Jeffrey Joerres also noted in a July NY Times article that more than half of the respondents acknowledged inadequate pay makes it difficult to land candidates. Read more