The skills gap in U.S. manufacturing: the effectiveness of technical education on the incumbent workforce

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Author: Deal, Robert Michael


This thesis explores the skill sets of the current American workforce, the skills required in modern, technically advanced US manufacturing facilities, and the multiple approaches postsecondary education has employed to bridge the gap between the two. Millions of dollars are spent each year educating and training the incumbent workforce without any definitive measure of whether the financial investment or effort is actually providing a return. To illustrate, organizations typically require a projected return-on-investment (ROI) before committing funds to a project. However, the same...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Industry; Skills and knowledge; Outcomes; Vocational education and training; Workforce development

Keywords: Skill development; Employees; Postsecondary education; Return on education and training; Financial aspects; Training investment; Human capital; Human resource development

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Bowling Green, Kentucky: Western Kentucky University, 2017

Physical description: viii, 53 p.

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A thesis presented to the Faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Master of Science, December 2017

Resource type: Thesis

Document number: TD/TNC 142.124

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