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A Report on Workforce Education

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A Report on Workforce Education The purpose of this paper is to address ideas that I learned this semester relating to the topic of workforce education. Specifically, I will address the mission of workforce education, the role of work, foundational components of workforce development and some of the forces that affect the nature of work. The Mission of Workforce Education Workforce education is defined as a level of education provided by private business and industry, or government-sponsored, community-based organizations. It is used to increase opportunity in the labor market or solve human performance problems in the workplace. This definition suggests two missions of workforce education. One mission is to promote individual opportunity in the labor market, to teach individuals the required skills needed to reach career goals and to be competitive. The second mission is to solve workplace problems by improving the worker's performance. This helps the economy by increasing productivity. Roles of Work One role of work is social identity. In the United States, a person is defined by "what they do," their job, career, or occupation. ...read more.


In theory, investment in human capital will lead to greater economic outputs. Individuals with advanced skills earn higher salaries. 3. Workforce Productivity - The output of goods and services that results from an hour of labor is workforce productivity. The skill-level of a worker correlates with the wage-level. An example would be that a high-skills worker would receive a high wage. Workforce education is a must to bring the workforce to the level of skill necessary to support high wages. 4. Work Ethics - An appropriate work ethic is a fundamental characteristic needed by employees. Many workforce educators overlook the Level I skills (on-time to work, basic courtesies to co-worker, etc.) and do not address work ethic as a basic fundamental need. 5. Family Influences - the socioeconomic status of a family is related to the career development, socialization, and career choices of children. This is referred to as the status attainment model. The basic concept is that ones parent's social status affects the level of schooling achieved which affects the occupational level achieved. ...read more.


4. Global Economy - Because of the international economic competition among nations, the sociology of work has become internationalized with impacts of the economic and political events causing a restructuring of the world's economy. Countries that had stable work ethics have to deal with embracing the new technologies and work identities that come with the world economy. 5. Downsizing & Reorganization - Many jobs have been reconfigured due to reductions in mid-level management. The changes have affected the organizational structures of work from a pyramidal, centralized hierarchical structure to a flattened, decentralized structure. This has caused a work environment consisting of teams and individuals who are solving more than one type of problem versus a hierarchy where individuals are specialized in only one area. Conclusion This paper covers only a small portion of the ideas discussed in class. But they are all fundamental in understanding the foundations of workforce education. While pursuing this degree I have learned about different theories relating to workforce education and development. These theories have demonstrated that training is a very important part of the workforce. Without education and training, the workforce would be effected negatively. ?? ?? ?? ?? Workforce Education - 1 ...read more.

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