Job Skills: A Guide for Teens and Parents (page 2)
Real Expectations For Today's Workforce
Just a few years ago companies provided on-the-job training for employees to perform jobs that lasted for years. However, in today’s competitive job market, jobs require more technical skills, job descriptions change frequently, occupations become obsolete, downsizing occurs, new jobs are invented, and unskilled work goes to cheap labor overseas.
Today’s employers don’t have the time or money to train and retrain new employees or to supervise every aspect of their daily job routine. Employers are looking for people with advanced skills who have the ability to learn quickly on the job and adapt as the market demands.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides students with technical training to prepare for a successful career. The structured training each student receives gives him or her the tools needed to be successful in a job after high school and/or further his or her post-secondary education, whether technical school, two-year college, or four-year college. Each student is encouraged to explore various areas of study and to develop the essential skills to feel competent in entering today’s competitive job market.
CTE benefits all students, providing them with essential technical skills and applied academic knowledge. CTE courses and programs introduce students to career options and assist them in making informed educational choices.
Over 131,000 students (grades 9-12) participate in CTE courses annually, encompassing:
• Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Literacy
• Family and Consumer Sciences
• Health Science and Technology
• Information Technology
• Technology and Engineering
• Trade and Technical for today’s workforce.
Setting the record straight.
Misconceptions VS. Facts
All high school seniors who expect to go on to college to seek four-yeardegrees actually enroll in college and graduate.
|Most high school seniors expect to go on to college to seek four-year degrees. In Utah, 34% of the population age 25 and older hold a college degree (associates or higher).|
|In the future, most jobs will require a four-year degree.||While most jobs require some postsecondary training (about 65.8%), only 20.8% of all jobs in Utah require at least a bachelor’s degree.|
|Most high-wage jobs in the future will be in technical fields that require a college degree.||The largest and fastest-growing segment of the emerging technical workforce is jobs not requiring a four-year college degree.|
|With the sluggish economy of the past several years, few jobs will be created in Utah.||By 2010 Utah’s economy will generate over 300,000 new jobs.|
|The annual employment growth rate in Utah is stagnant.||The average annual employment growth rate for Utah between 2000 and 2010 is estimated at 2.7%.|
Did You Know?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18 of the 20 fastest growing occupations within the next decade will require career and technical education.
Taking CTE courses in school is a proven means of maximizing income and employment potential.
High-skill jobs are growing at three times the rate of other jobs.
High school Career and Technical Education programs prepare students for the many high paying, high-tech jobs requiring less than a bachelor’s degree.
Positions requiring training or an associate’s degree are projected to grow the most rapidly(3.9% annually, compared to 2.3% for workexperience jobs).
Students enrolled in high school agricultural courses are looking to join a $3.5-4.0 billion Utah industry.
The average annual Utah information technology salary continues to be 71% higher than the average Utah salary.
The health care industry is robust and growing nationwide. However, it is actually experiencing a critical shortage of workers. These shortages are impacting the quality of care throughout the industry. The health care industry claims 15 of the 25 fastest-growing jobs requiring postsecondary training or an associate’s degree.
Eight facts every parent should know.
Here's What CTE Can Do For Your Teen!
1. CTE Expands Your Teen's Options!
CTE is a structured training program that includes:
• Career exploration and planning
• Direct preparation for employment
• Preparation for a post-secondary education CTE courses and programs introduce students to career options and assist them in the development of career choices.
2. CTE Offers a Path to Success!
CTE prepares teens for more than a good paying job. It’s the beginning of a career path. Most new jobs require specific post-secondary, advanced technical training. CTE meets that need by providing career exploration, career paths, and links to post-secondary CTE programs. CTE takes students into the real world, and training approximates real work situations. Career and Technical Education:
• Keeps teenagers in school.
• Improves daily attendance.
• Improves graduation rate.
• Connects to post-secondary education.
• Enhances academic achievement.
• Is an economic value.
3. CTE Challenges Your Teenager to Think!
CTE includes every program, project activity, and organization that is in the business of preparing Utah students for successful careers. CTE students are challenged to apply
theoretical knowledge—learned in academic and tech classrooms—to practical problems in laboratories or at worksites. This is a basic, lifetime skill.
4. CTE Tests Career Interests Before College!
Before you and your teenager invest in college, encourage him or her to take available tests that are geared specifically toward identifying potential career interests and strengths.
5. CTE Provides Concurrent Enrollment & Tech Prep!
Concurrent enrollment and College Tech Prep are linked directly to post-secondary institutions, so students can meet preliminary requirements for post-secondary degrees while still in high school. These programs increase the number of students going to college and improve their likelihood of success. Your teen will also reduce the time and tuition needed to earn a post-secondary degree, through technical school, two-year college, or four-year college. Taking concurrent enrollment classes helps your teen develop essential study habits and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in college. High school students can also participate in courses offered by the Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT).
6. CTE Helps Pay for College!
By taking CTE concurrent enrollment classes, your teen can earn college credit without having to pay tuition, as long as he or she is attending high school. CTE enables students to acquire the skills necessary for entry into good paying careers with high potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction. CTE is a proven means of maximizing income and employment potential. In addition, CTE awards over 110 scholarships each year to CTE graduating seniors.
7. CTE Broadens Lifelong Career and Education Options!
Nine out of ten Utah employers have difficulty finding qualified people to fill job openings. CTE provides long-term job education and skills training, enabling teens to reach their full potential. Studies reveal a strong correlation between education/technical skills levels and continued employment/lifelong earnings.
8. CTE Stduents Acquire Life Skills That Apply to Any Career!
More than half of Utah employers report that the quality of applicants is the primary challenge (i.e., workers lack basic skills). Employability skills taught in CTE programs include: • Communications • Teamwork • Leadership • Goal Setting • Resource Management • Using Technology • Personal Responsibility • Higher-order Thinking
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