ESSEX, N.Y., April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former three-term New York Governor George Pataki will keynote a global summit in Essex, New York that will convene leaders in education, corporate, and philanthropy sectors from the United States, Ireland, England, and Finland on April 21 and 22. The summit will address the growing skills gap and participants will discuss the action steps needed to reverse the trend.
"Business and education need to provide pathways to emerging workforce trends," said Pataki. "The College For Every Student summit is focused on this crucial need, preparing all students for the new economy."
The global shortage of high-skill workers with college degrees will grow to 40 million in the next five years. It is estimated the U.S. will be unable to fill 23 million high-paying jobs over the next decade due to a shortage of citizens with the appropriate postsecondary skills and training.
"Over this time, more than 20 million low-income American youth will be out of work or underemployed, not because they lack ability, but because they don't have college degrees or appropriate skills and training," said Rick Dalton, President and CEO of College For Every Student. "That's why we need to support these students now to bolster our economy. We need to teach them the essential skills – such as leadership, grit, teamwork – skills that create educational uplift, ensuring college and career success."
Other nations face a similar crisis.
"Youth unemployment has soared to over 24% in the Eurozone," said Cliona Hannon, Director of Trinity Access Programmes at Trinity College Dublin. "Employers worldwide must invest in partnerships with educational institutions and other key stakeholders."
Following The Skills Gap Summit, CFES and TCD will produce a solutions-driven white paper on strategic steps needed to close the skills gap.
College For Every Student (CFES) is a non-profit organization that helps underserved students get to and through college, ready to enter the 21st century workforce. (www.collegefes.org)
Trinity College Dublin:
The Trinity Access Programmes (TAP) are a central part of Trinity College Dublin's plan to encourage students with ability and potential from low income backgrounds to participate in higher education and to realize their potential. (www.tcd.ie)