The Close It Summit is a national call to action for industry, education, workforce, government, youth innovators, foundations and social impact organizations actively engaged in creating new pathways from education to employment. Building on key takeaways and attendee surveys from 2013, Close It is focusing on four key issues critical to jobs and employability in the U.S. — youth employment, skills & credentials in high demand fields, increasing access and opportunity to curriculum and training (Skill Up) and the critical importance of employability (soft) skills.
Some essential questions we will be exploring
Is there a true skills gap – OR– is it a gap between the continued reliance on the centuries old resume (originally invented in 1482) and the dynamic digital age we now live in?
Is it a training gap and if so, who is responsible for training the existing and future workforce in the U.S.?
Is it a language gap between employers and job seekers that prevents the two from finding an appropriate match?
The degree still rules…what does the future look like for non-traditional learners who need to acquire content knowledge, workplace skills and soft skills in today’s highly competitive hiring environment?