Shifting the Skills Conversation: Employer Attitudes and Outcomes of Career Technical Education

Shifting the Skills Conversation: Employer Attitudes and Outcomes of Career Technical Education provides tangible data points on employer attitudes toward Career Technical Education (CTE) and the positive return on investment CTE experiences provide for business and economic growth. Based on a national survey of more than 300 professionals actively involved in hiring decisions in in-demand fields, these new findings demonstrate that employers strongly support and see direct value in CTE. The findings also indicate that employer recognition and support for skills-focused hiring is growing and that employers back a greater public investment in CTE programs and supports: 

  • Seventy-seven percent of employers reported hiring an employee in part because of their CTE experience.
  • Ninety-two percent of employers favored increased public funding for CTE.

In addition to the report, two advocacy resources are available with ready-to-use graphics and talking points to share with employers to broaden CTE-employer partnerships, expand industry’s role in CTE advocacy efforts and increase public funding for CTE programs:

This research is generously supported by the Siemens Foundation. 
 

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October 2021
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