Better Skills, Better Life

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By Linda Wolfson, Executive Director

“Skills transform lives, generate prosperity, and promote social inclusion. Without the right skills, people are kept at the margins of society, technological progress does not translate into economic growth, and enterprises and countries can’t compete in today’s globally connected and increasingly complex world.” SOURCE: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) (2012)

A recent report, Making Skills Everyone’s Business, pointed out that about 24 million adults in the workforce have low literacy skills. We might draw the conclusion that this is a group most likely to be unemployed.  However, it turns out that two-thirds of these workers are employed, albeit in low-skilled jobs.

We consider our programs at Vita to be extremely important in helping these low-skilled workers in Bucks County to upgrade their basic literacy skills, prepare for the GED, or enter postsecondary institutions. This gives them access to better paying jobs, which ensures a better life for them and their families.