The U.S. is facing a national crisis of a shortage of skilled workers, an issue that is being addressed by a Presidential Executive Order. As a public benefit corporation, GG4L is committed to enacting measures that enhance education in our communities and contribute to the continuing preeminence of American education standards. One of GG4L’s key initiatives is dedicated to this effort.
According to the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, the skills gap will cost the U.S. $1.2 trillion over the next decade. The executive order calls for companies to:
- Expedite American workers’ return to employment and upward mobility by investing in career pathways and implementing skills-based hiring practices.
- Remove obstacles to the modernization of American education and training to accelerate reskilling and facilitate innovation in workforce development.
- Build the technological infrastructure necessary for the future of work.
They have a laudable goal of developing more than 16 million new education and training opportunities for American students and workers over the next five years. Right now, CEOs are sounding the alarm over a:
- Lack of individuals with fundamental employability skills.
- Lack of workers with specialized skills.
- Lack of applicants with STEM skills.
To help alleviate the national skilled worker shortage, GG4L launched an initiative to help ensure students are prepared for the rapidly evolving, tech-intensive job market. This initiative, Future-Proof Skills, is a strategic impact initiative centered on career readiness. The initiative promotes learning environments for students in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and business education.
Future-Proof Skills Partners
GG4L works with a number of vendors whose mission aligns with the initiative to better prepare students for the future. These vendors provide education and enrichment in STEAM and support GG4L’s initiative. Here are just a few of them highlighted below:
Google – This hands-on program, fully developed by Google, introduces learners to the fundamentals of IT support that are critical for success in the workplace – like troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, and security.
Coursera – Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online. They offer courses on everything from SQL to cybersecurity.
CompuScholar – CompuScholar’s online Computer Science and Computer Skills courses teach fundamental computer and programming concepts, which is perfect for your CTE / IT program.
Gooru Math Navigator – Math Navigator is a competency-aligned math experience with a full spectrum of resources, activities, and formative assessments for grades 2-HS.
Robotify – By 2034, 47% of all jobs will be automated and replaced by robots. This means that we must help the next generation to learn how to control these robots and learn how to code. Using Robotify students have access to the latest and greatest robots without having to ever purchase real hardware.
IMAGO – IMAGO provides more than 200 digital lessons with facilitator guides on emotional intelligence, i.e., social emotional learning, life skills, planning, and exploration. Incorporating these skills in a person’s learning can have a positive academic, social, and economic impact.
GG4L’s core technology supporting this impact initiative is composed of an integration platform and Single Sign-On (SSO) called School Passport, plus GG4L Connect, and a data analytics and visualization tool, called GG4L Compass, deployed in thousands of schools around the world. According to Robert Iskander, CEO, “GG4L is committed to being a part of the solution in meeting the need for tomorrow’s workforce.” Corporations can learn more about the Future-Proof Skills Initiative and support these efforts as Corporate Sponsors.