Reports: Workforce development

Key "Soft Skills" That Foster Youth Workforce Success: Toward a Consensus Across Fields
Child Trends, June 2015, 56 pp.
“Soft skills” are important for human capital development and workforce success. Nevertheless, a soft skills “gap” is noted by many employers. This white paper recommends a research-based set of key soft skills that increase the chance that youth ages 15–29 will be successful in the workforce.   more info >

Less-Educated Workers' Unstable Employment: Can the Safety Net Help?
Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 2014, 6 pp.
A study of the interaction of the safety net with the increasing employment instability faced by low-wage workers.   more info >

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
Pew Research Center, February 2014, 65 pp.
Presents results from a survey and study comparing college graduates to those with less education. The study found that young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education on a number of economic and career attainment measures.   more info >

Spotlight on the Past and Looking Forward to the Future of Nursing in North Dakota
North Dakota Center for Nursing Research, January 2013, 40 pp.
Findings from the North Dakota Nursing Needs Study, which looks at the supply and demand for nurses. Also discusses the North Dakota Center for Nursing and its work to ensure a healthy future supply of nurses.   more info >

North Dakota Economic Development Strategic Plan: 2010-2020
North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, February 2010, 20 pp.
This is a strategic plan aimed at increasing economic growth in North Dakota. It provides an overall economic assessment of the state and examines individual business sectors and industries.   more info >

Web sites

Georgetown Public Policy Institute Center on Education and the Workforce
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute affiliated with the Georgetown Public Policy Institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications, and workforce demands.   more info >

Jobs for the Future
Research on the educational and economic advancement of youth and adults.   more info >

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