I ran across a blog post by Dean Barber that does a great job highlighting the problem of poverty in America. Here it is. Go have a look at it; I will see you back here in a few.
Those of us living in economically diverse neighborhoods know all too well that poverty exists. We are looking at this issue in the United Way of Central Ohio’s Workforce Development Committee. Part of the answer probably lies in targeting training initiatives to jobs in our regional driver industries. These jobs are more secure and either provide a household-sustaining wage or allow the worker to attain one sooner rather than later.
But employers have told me time and time again that it is just as much the soft skills that are lacking as the technical skills — especially the ability to communicate effectively and work productively in teams. And this is coming as much from the IT manager hiring people with bachelor’s degrees as the manager in a warehouse. Thus, training programs that neglect this side of skills development are not addressing the entire issue.
I do not buy the argument that addressing the skills mismatch will make unemployment go away, and it certainly won’t make poverty go away. But if it makes a real difference in the lives of people and gives them hope — while giving employers workers with the skills they need — it will be money well-spent.