However, they also say that school-to-work (STW) programs help to address the skills gap and have a positive impact on the surrounding community and educational system.
Among the survey’s findings:
- 61% of HR professionals disagree or strongly disagree that most High school graduates are qualified to enter the workforce.
- 95% of respondents reported that paid work experience programs were effective with subsequent hiring; meanwhile 88% said the same of mentoring programs.
- 58% of survey respondents said that job shadowing is effective (to varying degrees) in addressing this gap.
- 83% of respondents said STW programs have a positive impact on the surrounding community/educational system. 81% of respondents said workplace mentoring was effective on the surrounding community/educational system while 70 percent said the same of job shadowing programs.
- 83% said paid work experience programs have a positive impact on students entering the workforce.
The survey was based on the responses of 393 SHRM members.
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