The Framework for 21st Century Learning research indicates that workplace readiness gaps are prevalent in today's employees. Whether coming directly from high school, community college or a university, employees with gaps in the 4C's of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking are creating unique challenges for today's employers.
Educational institutions are recognizing and adjusting learning environments to close these essential skill gaps.
Employers have also responded to recommendations to influence educational outcomes through partnerships with higher education, as members of advisory boards, and by sponsoring apprenticeship or internship programs.
However, developing the needed skills training, while providing professional development in context of their workplace while running a profitable business poses unique challenges.... especially for small to mid-sized employers.
Time away from their core business is risky, especially if the time away isn't guaranteed to return value to the business. Lack of resources often results in employees attending offsite soft skills training or being matched with a mentor in hopes that they too will make a difference.
21Skills provides targeted, skill-based training at the moment of need.