Posted on 03/12/2019 at 01:59 PM by Blog Experts
The following information was shared during the Future Ready Summits in the fall of 2018 (Townsend, B., 2018, Iowa Workforce Development). While there were a few schools present at the summits, not all were able to participate, and I felt there was some information that was important to share. The first focuses on the middle-skill job gap.
Employer Perception of Applicants
Percent of Employers who Perceive they have difficulty filling positions due to:
Applicants lacking the QUALIFICATIONS needed: 54%
GENERAL lack of Applicants: almost 45%
Percent of Employers who Perceive Applicants do not possess:
Occupational Specific Skills Required: 32%
Interpersonal Skills Required: 24.4%
Basic Skills Required: 13.5%
A total of 127,700 residents need to earn a postsecondary degree or credential.
58.4% of total Iowans have completed education and/or training beyond high school.
4.6% Trade Certification 2.5% Vocational Training
16.3% Associate Degree 23.1% Undergraduate Degree
11.9% Post-Graduate Degree
Just something to think about…What is our role in preparing Iowans for the future?