Alexandria, Virginia (PRWEB) January 24, 2013
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today released a new Issue Brief examining the role of career and technical education (CTE) in leadership development. The Issue Brief, produced with support from the U.S. Army Marketing and Research Group, explores the integral role CTE curricula and programs play in addressing leadership development for students and providing solutions to a leadership skills deficit that employers face today.
When employers are asked to choose which skills are most needed in today’s workplace, key employability skills such as leadership often rise to the top of the list. CTE courses often involve teamwork and project-based learning, which provide ideal opportunities for students to learn, observe and apply leadership in work-related situations in preparation for their future careers. Programs such as U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) also provide career-related learning opportunities as part of CTE. Students have the opportunity to serve in formal leadership positions, participate in leadership-focused competitions and lead project teams for community service at the regional, state and national levels.
Employers have made it clear that leadership skills are critical but often lacking in potential employees. Thirty-nine percent of human resource professionals in a recent survey reported that job applicants in their industry have leadership skills gaps, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. More opportunities need to be provided within the education system for students to learn, observe and practice these vital leadership skills. This Issue Brief takes a critical look at the opportunities through CTE for students to prepare for the workforce by developing leadership skills in CTE programs. It also highlights successful leadership program examples such as JROTC and CTSOs.
To download a copy of the Issue Brief, please visit the ACTE website.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.