NIOSH and America Achieves Build A Safety Training Curriculum for Future Workers
A recent collaboration between NIOSH and the not-for-profit America Achieves released Quest for Success – a free curriculum for educators, schools, and students to learn about future workforce safety and health.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has partnered with America Achieves—a nonprofit that focuses on education-to-workforce issues—to promote young worker safety and health. The collaboration means that a new educational forum called Quest for Success will provide information, materials, and training for young individuals coming into the workforce to prepare for jobs of the future.
The job market is changing as we speak: not only are there new jobs requiring new skills, but a high level of technology and globalization means many of these jobs require cross-sector competencies like communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. As America Achieves’ homepage states, a projected 65 percent of jobs by 2020 will require education and training beyond traditional high school; in 1973, it was just over 25 percent.
The Quest for Success curriculum is designed to help students explore a variety of industry sectors and new and in-demand careers while helping them develop cross-sector knowledge, skills, and character. The curriculum aims to help students learn about themselves and their skills and also be proactive in navigating their high school and postsecondary education in order to achieve career and life choices. With an estimated 6 million unfilled jobs in the U.S., skilled and competent workers are undoubtedly needed.