Adults with Low Basic Skills
Who are they? Adults with low basic skills include people ages 18 and older who did not earn a high school credential or are otherwise lacking in basic competencies required to enter college-level education and training programs. Low-skill adults also include immigrants who have not yet mastered the English language.
How do they use local workforce systems? Adults with low basic skills often have trouble securing gainful employment and may need to access adult basic education or specialized training programs in order to gain critical skills that can lead to gainful employment. Accelerated learning strategies can be especially beneficial for adults with low basic skills, as they can allow people with low basic skills to move through training programs more quickly. Some low-skill adults may have little or no work experience and can benefit from career readiness training. The US Department of Labor's CareerOneStop website offers information and resources on free adult basic education programs, high school equivalency credentials, and other training programs.