Can the Association Do What Our Government Hasn’t Been Able To?

The ASAE Foundation Research Committee is considering the following question: How often do employers consider the industry training and certifications offered to association members when evaluating candidates for job openings? This question is being considered for a research study to understand what types of professional/career development options ...
The ASAE Foundation Research Committee is considering the following question: How often do employers consider the industry training and certifications offered to association members when evaluating candidates for job openings? This question is being considered for a research study to understand what types of professional/career development options are provided, how employers perceive the value of the training and where opportunities exist in order to fill the “skills gap” that exist across the country.

Further, the ASAE Foundation Committee hopes to determine the responsibility and opportunity that exist for Associations to provide:

  • Industry-specific skills training

  • Content related to industry trends

  • General and "soft-skills" training (e.g. critical thinking, basic data analysis, public speaking, management and leadership)

According to the US Bureau of Labor and statistics, at the start of 2014 there were nearly 4.3 million workers displaced in the US. Of these, nearly 30% remained either unemployed or underemployed at the end of 2014. This troublesome when the total number of job openings in the US at the end of 2014 was nearly 5 million. The US Government has attempted to close this gap for four decades by passing multiple pieces of legislation but the issue continues to exist. Today, more than 50 pieces of legislation are being considered by Congress. Judging by the disparity between the number of displaced workers in the US and the number of open position it doesn’t appear that our government has been able to come up with a legislative solution. Is the taxpayer money used to fund these legislative initiatives being well spent?

Associations offer industry training and certifications for its members but it is unclear how much value is placed on these trainings and certifications by employers. Could the Association be a logical source of additional training that isn’t directly related to the industry? Many employers realize that they can hire employees with the most certifications but if the employee lacks skills/training in areas such as management, public speaking, leadership, etc. they may need to continue evaluating candidates for their positions. This research by ASAE could help the Association to develop well-rounded education programs for the Associations’ members.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this research proposal please visit the discussion group started by Pauline Karpowicz. You’ll need to be able to login as an ASAE member but if you aren’t a member, feel free to send an email to info@boxwoodtech.com and we will share your feedback on your behalf. 

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