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Workforce Prep Overview

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Preparing youth for the workforce has taken on new meaning in the 21st century. A shift from the industrial age to the knowledge economy has created widespread concern that young people lack the skills essential for job success and are entering the workplace unprepared. Marketable personal qualities and abilities are critical to getting a job and keeping it!

Teachers and counselors have an opportunity to address the “skills gap” through providing workforce preparation experiences for youth. By learning about the skills young people need, using work-based learning as a model for engaging youth, and utilizing the suggested evaluation strategies, teachers and counselors can make many of youths’ experiences workforce preparation experiences.

The OSU Extensions Workforce Preparation Initiative’s conception of workforce preparation programming is not limited to preparing young people to get a job or to follow a specific career path. The skills critical for success in the 21st century workplace are the same skills needed to be competent and contributing citizens and family members. Teachers and counselors can intentionally create workforce preparation learning experiences that help youth develop the skills they need to succeed as students, employees, and community members.