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Bridge the Gap: Rebuilding America’s Middle Skills

When it comes to middle-skills jobs in the United States—those that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree—there is a misalignment in the overall system that should move a potential employee smoothly from a relevant educational program to a good job.

That’s one of the findings of a new report, Bridge the Gap: Rebuilding America’s Middle Skills,” a joint effort of Harvard Business School, Accenture and Burning Glass Technologies. Businesses worry about their ability to grow and compete because they cannot find workers with the right skills. At the same time, millions of Americans struggle to find full-time, life-long employment at a decent wage. Separating employers from employees is a growing chasm—a mismatch between the demand and supply of skills.

What can be done? The report contends that closing the middle-skills gap will depend on actions that go beyond simply improving the efficiency of today’s system. Rather, the focus must be on developing a new middle-skills ecosystem that provides employers sufficient access to talent with the skills to fill competitively important jobs. Coordinated work among employers, educators and policymakers will be essential.

Closing the Gap
Learn more about how companies can close the middle-skills employment gap.

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Source: Accenture - GAI




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