Michel Cournoyer

Michel Cournoyer has written 8667 posts for Job Market Monitor

Gender Discrimination on the Job in US – 42% of working women have faced

About four-in-ten working women (42%) in the United States say they have faced discrimination on the job because of their gender. They report a broad array of personal experiences, ranging from earning less than male counterparts for doing the same job to being passed over for important assignments, according to a new analysis of Pew … Continue reading

Canada – The gap in adult skills development system

Canada urgently needs a third pillar that focuses on supporting working adults. The Council anticipates that managing the expected labour market changes will require an additional $15 billion of annual investmentsin adult skills development. The magnitude of the coming changes also necessitates the development of a Skills Plan for Working Canadians that will guide Canada’s … Continue reading

Digital Skills in Europe – Needs greater than the number of graduates

Despite an overall difficult economic situation, the digital sector is expanding rapidly and continuing to create jobs. According to the European Commission, the prospects for employment growth in the sector are estimated at 2% per year on average by the year 2020. A survey report by the Joint Occupations and Skills Observatory for the Digital, … Continue reading

Education in Canada – The highest proportion of adults aged 25 to 64 with tertiary education among OECD countries

This report is a product of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP). It is intended to facilitate the comparison of educational systems in Canada’s provinces and territories with those of countries that belong to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The document presents a series of indicators harmonized to the definitions and methodologies … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in UK – The focus is still on boosting numbers rather than on the hard and sustained work required to improve quality

Better Apprenticeships draws on research by teams from the UCL Institute of Education and the Centre for Vocational Education Research at LSE to analyse the current state of play for apprenticeships in England. ‘Apprenticeship quality and social mobility’, authored by Alison Fuller & Laura Unwin from the UCL Institute of Education, analyses whether sufficient quality indicators are in … Continue reading

Educational Choices in UK – Leaving the decision until the deadline

This research set out to test the hypothesis: given the current complexity of the post-16 educational landscape, learners can experience difficulties making fully-informed choices and navigating technical education routes in particular. The aim was to assess how young people make educational choices post-16 and what information they use. The objectives were as follows: • To … Continue reading

Career Choices in UK – The right advice, in the right place, at the right time

1. This careers strategy is part of our plan to make Britain fairer, improve social mobility and offer opportunity to everyone. Our ambitious, modern Industrial Strategy sets out a long-term plan to boost national productivity and the earning power of people throughout the country. We want every person, no matter what their background is, to … Continue reading

Young Early School Leavers – Engaging them in vocational training

This research focused on one of the most vulnerable groups in Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system: young early school leavers. While a quarter of those undertaking government-funded vocational training are aged between 15 and 19 years (NCVER 2017a), many early school leavers are unfortunately disengaging from their vocational training before completion. There are … Continue reading

Gender Gaps in US Workforce – 10 facts

Below are 10 facts about women in the workforce. 1. Women’s labor force participation has stagnated and reversed since 2000 Over the past half century, women have made substantial progress in the labor market. Between 1962 and 2000, women’s labor force participation—defined as the percentage of women ages 16 and older either working or actively … Continue reading

Me in a minute – A simple strategy for developing and showcasing personal employability

Graduates require evidence of employability beyond marks and grades to differentiate themselves in the highly competitive labour market. Universities cannot guarantee employment, but they can engage students in learning and recognise achievement that is relevant to employment. Here, we share preliminary insights from interviews investigating student perceptions of an extra-curricular video strategy designed to develop … Continue reading

High School Diploma or Less in the US – Some occupations offer clearer pathways to additional training and skills development

Many workers are likely leaving less desirable jobs to pursue better-paying opportunities, to gain additional education, or are simply dropping out of the labor force. Yet there are several notable exceptions, particularly among the skilled trades and many infrastructure-related jobs, which have lower educational barriers to entry and offer more competitive wages. As shown in … Continue reading

Job Report in US – Employment increased by 228,000 with unemployment 4.1 percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 228,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care. Household Survey Data The unemployment rate held at 4.1 percent in November, and the number … Continue reading

Skills Gap – Skills utilisation should be identified as a priority

The OECD has recently affirmed the importance of increased productivity and continued economic growth as means of providing the best opportunity to raise the prosperity and well-being of people. Skills represent the great equalizer and provide a critical route out of poverty and inequality for many individuals. However, traditional approaches to skills have focused on … Continue reading

VET in Europe – Largely perceived as occupations-specific education and training geared towards securing supply of skilled labour

This research paper discusses national definitions and conceptions of vocational education and training (VET) in European Union Member States, Iceland and Norway and describes how these definitions and conceptions have changed over the past two decades. Between September and November 2016, Cedefop invited national VET experts to respond to a questionnaire covering the way national … Continue reading

Vacancies in Entry level Jobs in Canada – About 1 in 2 require no previous work experience and the majority of entry-level jobs require little education

Understanding whether the skills employers are looking for differ from the ones available in the labour market is important. Some evidence hints that Canadian employers are having difficulty recruiting qualified workers. Employers are looking to recruit employees who can adapt to changing workplace and industry conditions, as well as those who demonstrate strong “people skills” … Continue reading

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