Experts at EEOC Public Meeting Discuss U.S. Workforce and Skills Gap

On April 5, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held an open meeting on the Sta...

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on April 11 2017
Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant

EEOC_alerts.jpgOn April 5, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held an open meeting on the State of the Workforce and the Future of Work. Panelists at EEOC’s meeting represented public policy research, workforce development, unions, and employers. These experts weighed in on the state of the current U.S. workforce and how best to create employment opportunities for all. Concerns were not around the lack of jobs, but the gap between the skills needed for job vacancies and the skills of the job seekers.

Focusing in on the skills gap for vocational and trades jobs, one expert, a beneficiary of an apprenticeship program, emphasized the role these programs can play to help workers gain knowledge while on the job. It was also noted that “institutional barriers to economic opportunity and upward mobility persist” and can be countered by creating partnerships in local communities between employers, educational institutions, and state agencies.

Panelists agreed that policymakers should do more to provide education and training programs. These programs could potentially provide workers with the necessary skills to meet current and future employment needs; while reducing barriers to advancing in employment for various workforce populations including Individuals with Disabilities, and women and minorities.

EEOC invites members of the public to submit written comments on issues related to the creation of employment opportunities and upgrading workers’ skills.

Comments may be emailed to commissionmeetingcomments@eeoc.gov  or mailed to:

Commission Meeting
EEOC Executive Officer
131 M Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20507
 
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Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant
Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant
Charu Avasthy is a leading Senior Human Resource Consultant for Berkshire. With over ten years in the compliance industry, Charu is a subject matter expert in compliance regulations and she provides customized solutions to a national base of clients across a broad span of industries.

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