The following resources are some of the best practices cited in Chapter Five: Literature Review in the QEP Narrative.

• Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce
“This report underscores the importance of increased workforce readiness . . . . [N]ew entrants to the U.S. workforce must be equipped with the basic knowledge and applied skills necessary to be competitive in the global economy of the 21st century.”—The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management

• 2005 Skills Gap Report—A Survey of the American Manufacturing Workforce
This report attempts to identify the 2005 skills shortages and the future employment needs of businesses. Key quote: “…human capital performance gap threatens our nation’s ability to compete in today’s fast-moving and increasingly demanding global economy. It is emerging as our nation’s most critical business issue.”—Deloitte & Touche USA and The National Association of Manufacturers

• 21st Century Skills Education & Competitiveness a Resource and Policy Guide
“This guide summarizes the challenges and opportunities that, if left unaddressed, will curtail our competitiveness and diminish our standing in the world.”—Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) and e-Luminate Group

• Critical Skills Needs and Resources for the Changing Workforce
This “report is based on a survey that asked HR professionals and employees about the various skills, activities and content areas needed in today’s workplace.”—Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and (The Wall Street Journal/Careers Journal)

• Review of Literature for the Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills Revision, 2009
This report provides summaries and reviews of the research titles that informed the revision of the Workplace Readiness Skills.