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The role of OSUIT's Workforce & Economic Development is to foster workforce development through customized training, technology deployment, applied research, strategic planning, best practices and coordination.
Employers now realize that learning does create a competitive advantage. The priority areas of learning that increase workforce productivity are broad-based technical skills, built-in quality, continuous process improvement and teamwork.
Research indicates that training for incumbent workers is growing 10,000% faster than in academia. Customized training for employers is tied to specific needs, emphasizes practicality and measurable results, minimizes intermediaries, and maximizes the productive use of the resulting knowledge. Just-in-time learning is becoming as popular as just-in-time manufacturing. OSUIT's WFED assists with needs assessment, technical assistance and other support services that allow employers to increase their productivity in today’s global economy. Nearly all activities are performed in a just-in-time fashion. Customized learning activities may be conducted on campus, off-campus or on location.