Businesspersons I speak to lament the unpreparedness of the workforce. When asked what improvements they would like to see in new entrants to the workforce, the near unanimous reply is help them with the soft skills, communication in particular. Now, soft skills and communication happen to be in the Outfluence wheelhouse, so we know how to fix that.
Business leaders generally prefer not to spend their money teaching these skills to the workforce. They believe that these fundamental skills should be taught either at home or in school. To bring about soft skills and communication improvement we need to reach high school students. One method for enticing students to want to learn these skills, and an incentive for attracting the attention of busy school administrators who must approve programs such as the Outfluence program You Are Here . . . Next, You Are Hired, is to ask business leaders to award a number of internships and other benefits to students who successfully complete the program.
This is a clear win/win/win/win - Students win because they gain valuable knowledge and experience. The schools win because they are meeting their mission. Parents win because not only do their children advance their personal development but parents will have the option of also participating in the program. Reinforcement at home of the skills learned in school is a valuable learning tool. Finally, businesses win because they receive an improved workforce and they gain early access to their future workforce.
(Outfluence, LLC is a teaching and training organization headquartered near Washington, D.C. )