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Skills Gap / SMEs are not confident enough right now to make big investments in training

“We’ve been able to find the types of people that we want as long we are willing to invest in them to bring them to the level of skill that we need,” says  Tammy Krings who has something of a happy problem for her growing, Columbus, Ohio-based global travel business, TS24…

Millions of small- and medium-sized employers, the businesses that create the bulk of new jobs, are apparently unwilling or unable to spend the money to bring new hires up to speed.

“I don’t think companies are confident enough right now to make big investments (in training),” said Melanie Holmes  who has tracked workplace issues in a 30-year career with Manpower, a global staffing company. “They want to hire someone who can be productive tomorrow.”

There’s no debate about the increased demand for higher-skilled workers in an economy that relies more heavily every year on advances in technology to raise the productivity of each worker. That’s why the jobs that employers said they had the hardest time filling in 2012 were skilled trades, engineers and IT Staff, according to a Manpower survey.

Choosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor from

'Employers may be aggravating the 'skills gap'  - Economy Watch on NBCNews_com' - www_nbcnews_com_business_economywatch_employers-may-be-aggravating-skills-gap-1C7450821_ocid=twitter

via Employers may be aggravating the ‘skills gap’  – Economy Watch on


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