The Conference Board uses cookies to improve our website, enhance your experience, and deliver relevant messages and offers about our products. Detailed information on the use of cookies on this site is provided in our cookie policy. For more information on how The Conference Board collects and uses personal data, please visit our privacy policy. By continuing to use this Site or by clicking "OK", you consent to the use of cookies. 
The Ill-Prepared U.S. Workforce

Employers report hiring substantial numbers of new entrants who are poorly prepared, requiring additional corporate investment to improve workforce readiness skills. And while almost half (46 percent) of the companies surveyed by The Conference Board and its research partners provide readiness training programs for new hires, the majority find these programs to be "moderately" or "somewhat successful" at best. At a time when workforce talent is a major issue in the global competitiveness of U.S. business, the report raises several questions concerning the overall effectiveness of these training programs.

Joining The Conference Board in this research project are Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and ASTD (American Society for Training & Development)

Support Our Work

Support our nonpartisan, nonprofit research and insights which help leaders address societal challenges.




Talent (Im)Mobility in Asia

Talent (Im)Mobility in Asia

September 04, 2020 | Executive Summary

Meeting the Upskilling Challenge: Training in the Time of COVID-19

Meeting the Upskilling Challenge: Training in the Time of COVID-19

July 28, 2020 | Committee for Economic Development