Vocational and technical training in advanced skills can help jobseekers be more competitive

Skill training bolsters employment prospects.
Skill training bolsters employment prospects.

The current economic crisis has made the development of advanced skills imperative for jobseekers.

As the Baby Boomer population begins to age and retire, competition for skilled jobs is increasing. There is a great need for graduates of training programs with an academic background. Employers across several fields are expected to actively seek out associate's degree holders who have earned industry-specific certifications.

However, approximately 88 million U.S. adults experience an education barrier to employment, and one in four college freshmen may pause their schooling halfway through their first year. These sobering facts are highlighted in a new policy paper that was written by experts from the National Organization for Career Credentialing and McGraw-Hill Education.

The authors conclude that career and vocational training will be essential to the country's economic health in the coming years. Partnerships between the government and private institutions, including community colleges and technical schools, may burgeon. Online learning may be a greater investment, as adult learners choose to pursue post-secondary degrees and certifications while working part- or full-time.

By bolstering their skills through career or technical education, jobseekers may improve their employment prospects.