It appears that the United States can’t seem to keep up with its advancing technological investments. As more technology is being created and updated, evolving at rapid rates, there also seems to be fewer occupations in the digital workforce. Not only that, the economy in the U.S has been steadily increasing over time and has made way for more knowledge-based occupations and talents that go along with the digital workforce of today.
In order words: an update on the workforce of America needs to be made in order to catch up with the digital market. The question however also arises when faced with this is how to get ahead.
As to whose needs to be the responsibility to this matters, there is much debate that is should be every one that needs to adapt to the technological advancements. Companies need to make it their priority and introduce training if need be, schools need to provide more emphasis on the STEM education programs, and universities are to be equipped with job-ready applicants when the time presents itself. Sometimes the responsibility should also be given to the government leaders as the last resort.
However, the various conversations about this key issue have found themselves with a challenging conclusion: the way how the state governments in the U.S should approach the topic. When it comes down to their responsibility in the matter, the state governments end up making things rather clunky, and even ill-designed in some cases to provide an environment where there is a low unemployment rate, yet a rather higher underemployment rate.
Of course, like in all things, there is much room to improve. The problem is that the states have been shaky in the approach and tend to create a workforce that is for the digital market, yet lacks the resources that make it seem more viable, using cheap programs in order to meet the needs of the industry.
This can lead to major problems in the job occupation factor.
A key difference when it comes to the skill-based programs for jobs that are happening in now as opposed to the ones that were rather ineffective in the past is the means of creating a barrier instead of removing one. The means of accessibility to a job is breached in this case as it leads to more unemployment as those that don’t have the required skills cannot have a job in the end. Thus, accessibility is crucial in the grand scheme of things when it comes to job occupations as they address both underemployment and unemployment as a whole, something that many skill-based occupations don’t have the understanding of at the moment.
The cities in their respective states must also keep in mind the employer when creating these skill-based job occupations. For example, LaunchCode, a nonprofit company that addresses the need for more technological skills in the workforce, uses a curriculum that focuses on the needs of the types of markets that needs to be worked on. They also use many free part-time courses to help them obtain the skills that are needed in that workforce.
There has also been some effort in the government side of things where the leaders in the government tried to create more alternative routes. They decided to create more job-focused programs that are outside the traditional four-year plan that many end up doing to obtain the required skills.
In many states across the U.S, there have been means to find ways to create more of these talented jobs. For example, in Tennessee, the state leaders are looking for more of a combined force in which talent is needed to produce more in the workforce. This to many entrepreneurs is a barrier to establish growth in the market.
Although there have been many mechanisms that provided early capital in the state of Tennessee, the access to those that are equipped in handling these sorts of things becomes very limited. Thus, many programs began to rise in hopes of combating the issue.
The same is happening in both the state of Florida and Missouri. In Florida, Governor Rick Scott began to use those same programs to create more cutting-edge solutions to the workforce in the state of Florida thanks to the Job Growth Grant Fund he was given. With this amount of help, there can be a need for more economic developments in Florida.
With Missouri, the Missouri Technology Corporation began to provide more funding as a means to promote and expand the skill-based programs into other parts of their state, such as Kansas City. Making sure it begins to expand in those regions can lead for more help from others such as the Kauffman Foundations, to have more skill-based workers into the workforce, then creates much vibrant and growing entrepreneurship in the region.
In the end, the vast majority of the American people strive to obtain success in the country without much of a skill-based asset to utilize. This is critical in the economy and without these skills to use in the workforce, there will still be much of the same gap in terms of unemployment and underemployment. Thus, there should be more emphasis and strive to achieve more innovation and change.
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