How Do schools Train for a Workplace That Doesn’t Exist Yet?
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report
Chris Burns work for a business near Cincinnati that sells cloud computing and other technology services. He says there is a big shortage of skilled IT employees both nationally and in his metro area. His company has started working with local high schools to introduce students and teachers to tech tools and career paths, but he wonders whether it’s enough and what sorts of approaches he ought to be taking given the uncertainty around what jobs will look like in the future.
Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, says schools just aren't going to be able to keep up with every tech development. Learning will have to take place on the job. Internships are a viable way for companies to offer students a chance to get both a taste of a career and pick up new skills, says. Older workers also need employers to step in and help them train on new tools and technologies.