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Tomorrow’s Workforce: Ready or Not – It’s a Choice the Business Community Must Make Now

Policy Paper
May 23, 2008
This report, prepared by Corporate Voices for Working Families, spotlights the challenges facing the business community—and highlights actions that can be taken now to help solve a problem that involves not just young people, but one that touches the lives of everyone.

Businesses throughout the United States are facing a crisis. Young people today—the workforce of tomorrow—are not prepared to contribute to or succeed in a knowledge-based economy. This crisis is one that threatens our nation’s ability to compete in a rapidly changing and more competitive global economy. And if left unresolved, it is a crisis that will undercut the standard of living and way of life for our children—and theirs. But it is also a problem with solutions, if we can harness the skills, resources and vision of all the stakeholders—parents, business leaders, educators, community leaders, policy makers, and young people themselves.