From PIAAC to Linkage between School and the Labor Market

In a world in which millions of people are unemployed while many employers complain that they cannot find qualified workers, something is obviously out of balance. One of those issues is the match between the supply of and demand for skills. (OECD, PIAAC, 2016) Over the past week, we have attempted to provide policy makers

Apprenticeship Model—Narrowing the Skills Gap and Making School More Relevant (Part 2)

“When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., some 10,000 people showed up at a job fair for 800 positions. But fewer than 15 percent of the applicants were able to pass a reading, writing and math screening test geared toward a ninth-grade education.”     This report

Apprenticeships—Narrowing the Skills Gap and Making School More Relevant (Part 1)

“When the ladies from the business office came in to show us how they use spreadsheets in their job, the lesson became something that I need to learn because I will use it one day.” This remark was made by a high-school student from Alabama, one of the interviewees in a recent qualitative study on

Apprenticeship and Skills as Measured by PIAAC

“Young people reap many developmental benefits from engaging in apprenticeships” (Lerman, 2010). In apprenticeship programs, young people learn through observing and working with adult mentors who can guide them, advise them, as well as let them try and make mistakes. According to a study conducted by the Urban Institute, “Apprenticeship helps workers to master not

The kids are all right-er

Recently, we reported on a new study from the U.S. Department of Education that showed eighth-graders in the vast majority of states performed above the international average in math and science. The NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study also found that if Massachusetts and Vermont were their own countries, they would stand with the highest-achieving nations. As CPE’s