Students get GeorgiaBEST training
9/6/2013, 6 a.m.
DeKalb County high school students are learning the “soft skills” needed to obtain and keep jobs through GeorgiaBEST.
Soft skills – teamwork, respect, organization and attendance – include the ability to get along with co-workers, arriving at work on time, and having zero or few absences from work.
Almost all DeKalb high schools participate in GeorgiaBEST – Business Ethics Student Training – and many DeKalb students earned certification last year.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler introduced GeorgiaBEST in 2012 to address a soft skills gap among Georgia’s future work force.
Butler says the issue of qualified applicants and employees who lack soft skills is a nationwide problem.
For the past three years, he says he has heard from businesses that Georgia’s work force is trained in technical and academic skills but is falling behind in soft skills needed to excel in the workplace.
Beginning in January 2012, the program was piloted in 20 high school across the state, and it is now being taught in nearly 200 high schools.
Last year, more than 8,500 students participated in the program. Of those students, more than 5,000, or 59 percent, earned soft skills certification from the Georgia Department of Labor.
For more information, visit www.dol.state.ga.us.