Technology changes rapidly and workers must adapt just as quickly, enhancing their job
skills if they wish to remain employable. This means that workers must embrace change and
adapt their skills, not only to keep up with technology's evolution, but also to integrate the new
technology into a more complex, many-sided approach to work.
Technology Education's Role in Improving Workforce Productivity
It is critical that productivity increase in order to regain a competitive advantage in the
global marketplace. The problem of increasing productivity is compounded by the ever changing
workplace in which an educated and skilled workforce is needed to adapt to new technological
processes. The recent trends in technology and the workplace suggest that the programs
curriculum needs modification in order to equip learners with the knowledge and skills needed to
be successful. For example, the most effective and efficient method of preparing the future
workforce may no longer include vocational education's traditional emphasis on specific
technical job skills. Because of the rapid and complex changes in technological knowledge and
skill, the specific technical job skills taught in many secondary vocational programs are obsolete
when vocational graduates enter the workforce.
The development of and increasing reliance on information technologies by public and
private organizations has significantly changed how state governments must approach the future.
States offering their residents educational opportunities that provide them with useful knowledge
and skills, as well as prepare them for active participation in the work force, will attract high-
quality businesses and industries. In the past, states without an immense educational system and
infrastructure had a difficult time offering the necessary educational opportunities. However, the
influence of educational technologies (specifically video conferencing and other distance
learning technologies) has now evened the playing field, allowing even states with the most
diverse of populations the freedom to extend learning opportunities to all residents.
The Impact of IT on the Workforce
It is true that technology is having a definite effect on the nature and characteristics of the
workforce. New occupations are being created while traditional occupations are being changed
or eliminated. The workers that fill these changing occupations must update their knowledge and
skills to remain employable.
Awider variety of skills are now needed by the workforce. The diversity of occupations
has increased to the point where workers must do things that were once performed by many