PLANTATION, Fla, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- According to a recent article from Forbes, leading corporate executives are finding that job applicants are not equipped with the specific skills necessary to fill the responsibilities of various positions. It states, "With a U.S. unemployment rate that's hovering at eight percent, the trend is both puzzling and troubling—people need work, but jobs are going unfilled." Although many job applicants have endured years of schooling to pursue certain careers, AEF Schools—an alternative education provider—believes that current academic approaches are not varied enough to produce the results and skill sets that today's companies are looking for.
Following a similar sentiment, Forbes observes a recent study conducted by McKinsey & Company, the lack of skills begins with gaps in contemporary education. To illustrate the point even further, Stephanie N. Mehta of CNN Money reports, "Only 42 percent of employers believe new graduates in the workforce are adequately prepared by their colleges or other pre-employment training programs… The same study finds that 45 percent of youth think they're prepared for jobs." Despite this observation, a recent poll conducted by Skillsoft reveals, that "90 percent of CEOs 'will either maintain or increase their training budgets'."
AEF Schools responds in a recent press statement, "It is clear that education is not proving adequate enough for today's work environment. While many companies may be providing specialized training, it is not necessarily the right solution. Americans need to observe that there is a lack of diversity when it comes to available skill sets among job applicants, a problem that can easily be linked to a lack of variety in alternative education approaches."
In an effort to highlight the potential benefits that new alternative education models could offer to the economy, the article states, "Community plays a large role in alleviating the skills gap—the key is to put down archaic textbooks to start looking at talent more holistically." However, AEF Schools explains that holistic, or integrated learning, is only one of the many models that are available today in alternative education. The organization concludes in its press statement, "At AEF Schools we have created a vast array of programs to resolve many complex issues that today's students typically experience. While some of our programs are tailored towards college prep, others take more independent approaches to help students who face a myriad of learning disabilities. Just as employers are realizing the need for individualized skill sets, educators, parents and local governments should explore the value of taking an adapted approach to education."
AEF Schools, established and managed by the Alternative Education Foundation, are focused on providing students with a learning environment that offers a higher degree of individual attention. The Alternative Education Foundation manages multiple educational facilities, tutoring services, schools, camps, and parent support groups. Through AEF Schools, the organization strives to provide students with smaller class sizes and a strong educational community. In addition to a more tailored learning environment, AEF Schools strive to forge relationships between teachers, parents, and students. As such, they are able to enhance the support that students receive in their educational endeavors.
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