June 12-14, 2018 | Toronto Congress Centre

Special Presentation

Addressing the Global Skills Development Challenge

Thursday, March 24th
9:00 am – 10:00 am

This one hour session will provide a look at global trends and data from employers worldwide, and the need to address our growing skills gap through education and training.

A highly skilled 21st Century technical workforce is critical in keeping  our nation’s economy strong and providing pathways to success for our families and communities.  SkillsUSA, working with hundreds of employers and advocates like Mike Rowe, professional associations like the American Welding Society, and CEOs from major U.S. corporations, is taking employability skills training and development to new levels.

Participants will learn about many of the promising programs and practices that are shaping our future workforce, including the inclusion of STEM education into our technical training programs, and formalizing training for the development of the professional skills most sought by employers.   Come and learn about a dynamic Employability Skills Framework that has been developed by business, industry, labor and education that will be a driving force for future education and training.

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Tim Lawrence, Executive Director, SkillsUSA

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Having been involved with SkillsUSA for most of his life, Mr. Timothy Lawrence firmly believes that getting involved in technical education and joining SkillsUSA in high school set his course for a successful future.  He worked in both labor and management positions in the manufacturing industry for nine years while continuing his education, graduating Magna Cum Laude from James Madison University with a degree in Administration and Training. He fulfilled one of his life dreams when he became a teacher in Virginia in 1978. He achieved another life goal when he was named the National Trade and Industrial Education Teacher of the Year in 1983.

In 1987, he joined the Virginia Department of Education as a career and technical education student specialist and chief executive officer of the state SkillsUSA organization.  He also served other youth initiatives with the National Safety Council’s Youth Division, Students Against Driving Drunk and numerous community service organizations.  In 1996, Mr. Lawrence joined the national SkillsUSA organization as Business and Industry Partnerships Director at their National Leadership Center in Leesburg, Virginia. In January, 2001, Mr. Lawrence became the Chief Executive Officer of SkillsUSA, one of the nation’s largest individual membership organizations.  In this position, he feels he works for the students and teachers of America’s technical education system.

In addition to his duties for SkillsUSA, Lawrence currently serves on several national boards and committees, and is proud to have been a member of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. He currently served on the Career Readiness Taskforce with the Council of Chief State School Officers. On the federal level, he most recently represented the U.S, Department of State as an advocate in Kazakhstan, on an international panel of workforce experts in Kazan, and as an official U.S. Delegate for World Skills in Switzerland.  In recent years he also served as a member of the independent panel on the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education and the Job Corps National Advisory Committee, both of which made reports and recommendations to the U.S. Congress.

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