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In preparing students for the workforce, schools are facing challenges

Jun 24, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis

Schools have been shifting curriculum to help students develop the skills they need in the future workforce. Rather than simply teaching concepts, teachers are trying to focus more on the real-world application of those concepts. However, there are some challenges in preparing students for the world of work.

Many parents and students feel they are expected to prepare for college, studying SAT questions rather than workforce skills. This has resulted in many seeing workforce preparation as a second-tier option if college doesn’t work out. While this is not the case, it has been difficult for teachers to get around this obstacle.

Canva - Person Soldering ChipSimilarly, many teachers are often pressured to teach to standardized tests, making sure they know the information on it. However, this causes students to miss out on soft skills like collaboration and creativity.

Schools also often lack the resources to model workforce skills and interest students in these career pathways. For example, a remote school may struggle to provide salaries that can support educators who are trained in the skills and tools needed for the future workforce. These students may also miss out on internship opportunities to get more hands-on experience.Canva - Wood Cutting Machine

Additionally, if schools do have the educators to teach students workforce skills, it can be difficult for some to keep up with the rapid pace of changing technology.

With enabling students with workforce skills becoming increasingly important, schools are looking to tackle these challenges and overcome them.

Read more here: Why preparing students for the world of work is so hard.

Check out more resources about teaching students workforce skills here: Making Career Connections in the STEM Classroom.

Topics: STEM Careers and CTE, STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM, STEM Learning Methodologies

Rebecca Ellis

Written by Rebecca Ellis