Cultivating Soft Skills in Workforce Development: Early Childhood Initiatives

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Mike Eggleston

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 9.6 million unemployed people in the United States in August 2014, while at the same time there were 4.8 million job openings. While a lot of attention is paid to the lack of technical skills that job candidates possess and the need to invest more in training for STEM jobs, it is also true that one of the biggest barriers faced by employers when hiring is the candidates' lack of "soft skills" (e.g., being able to communicate effectively, think critically and be a reliable team player).

During this Exploring Innovation webinar series from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, we will hear from leaders in education, academia and business regarding what it means to have a workforce that possesses the soft skills demanded by employers. We will highlight innovative approaches to acquiring and developing these skills in early childhood, K-12 and higher education—strategies that are positioning communities to have a thriving talent pool for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

This webinar on March 5 will provide insight into what is being done in early childhood to prepare our future workforce with these invaluable soft skills. In this first of three webinars, participants will learn:

  • Why early childhood and social-emotional learning is critical to building the skills that employers demand
  • The economic benefits of investing the time and money to build social skills in early childhood
  • How an innovative approach to building social and emotional skills in young children is having success throughout the state of Colorado

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There is no charge for this event, but registration is required.

Mark your calendar now for these future webinars in this series:

  • April 16, 2015 — Cultivating Soft Skills in Workforce Development: K-12 Initiatives
  • May 7, 2015 — Cultivating Soft Skills in Workforce Development: Higher Education Initiatives