What skills do employers value most in the work place? In a recent survey
(Conference Board, 2006), hundreds of employers from a range of
industries were given the list below and asked: “what are the ‘top 5’ skills
for high school graduates?”
What ‘top 5’ skills would you choose?
1) English Language (spoken)
2) Reading Comprehension
3) Writing in English
(grammar, spelling, etc.)
8) Foreign Languages
Resoundingly, employers chose applied skills over basic knowledge/skills.
The top 5 skills for high school graduates were: 1) professionalism/work
ethic, 2) teamwork collaboration, 3) oral communications, 4) ethics/social
responsibility, and 5) reading comprehension in English.
To reinforce these skills and workforce readiness, many schools and out-of-school programs use School-Connect to help students develop and practice effective communication, self-management, and collaborative problem solving. Students can also research careers of interest and design the educational path necessary for reaching their long-term goals.
From: Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills for New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce. (2006) Available at www.conference-board.org
In New York City, Crotona Academy High School partners with SOBRO
(South Bronx Overall
Corp) in successfully using School-Connect to prepare students for work internships. READ MORE