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Skills in Canada – Developing a mapping system that links skills to occupations

The skills required to succeed in today’s world of work are rapidly changing. Workers experience pressure to continuously improve their skills, and employers struggle to nd workers with the right skills to achieve their goals. • Developing a pan-Canadian mapping system that links skills to occupations is an important step towards improving our understanding of … Continue reading

Green Jobs in Canada – Approximately 297,000 jobs were attributable to environmental and clean technology (ECT) activity in 2017

Approximately 297,000 jobs were attributable to environmental and clean technology (ECT) activity in 2017, accounting for 1.6% of all jobs in Canada. Of these, 282,045 (95.0%) were employee jobs, while the remainder were self-employment jobs. ECT employee jobs increased 1.9% from 2016. Characteristics of ECT workers: Gender, education, age, and immigration status Women held 28.2% of ECT jobs in 2017, with almost seven jobs out … Continue reading

Future of Work and Anxiety in Canada – Who is fearful of automation ?

Who is fearful of automation and what do they want politicians to do about it? This paper finds a correlation between Canadians’ fear of job losses from automation and populist and nativist views—but also that Canadians favour traditional government policy approaches to job disruption, such as retraining, more than radical measures such as reducing immigration. … Continue reading

Workforce Ageing in Australia – Mature aged people account for one in six workers

Mature aged people account for one in six workers in the Australian workforce, a share that has steadily increased over the past decade. Australia’s population is ageing as a result of historically low fertility rates (which have recently recovered to an approximately 30 year high) and increasing life expectancy. As this trend continues, the share … Continue reading

Immigration in US – 87 percent of overall population growth by 2049 CBO says

With birth rates projected to remain low, net immigration flows become an increasingly important part of overall U.S. population growth; in 2019, projected net in flows account for approximately 45 percent of overall population growth, but by 2049 that share is nearly 87 percent. CBO projects three broad categories of immigration: legal permanent residents (LPRs), … Continue reading

Skills in Wales – A focus on young people will not be enough, 81.5 per cent of the workforce of 2030 have already left compulsory education

Wales is at the centre of a number of significant disruptions likely to bring long-term changes for its people and economy. Some of these are global in nature, such as automation and technological change. Some affect the whole UK – most obviously, the uncertainty around Brexit. Others come from within Wales, such as the rapid … Continue reading

Upskilling in Asia Pacific – By prioritising external talent over upskilling, many are missing out on potential benefits

Learning and development is seen as vital, but its quality must improve Learning and development (L&D) is an essential part of any job, with 70% of surveyed employees based in APAC seeing opportunities for L&D as important when considering a new job role. L&D can offer an array of benefits to employees and teams – … Continue reading

Rethinking Career and Technical Education – Six core qualities

As the economy rapidly shifts toward automation, there is growing consensus that while new jobs will be created, change is the new normal. Youth need training in soft skills alongside preparation for lifetime learning. Systemic change, not minor improvements, will be necessary. States, districts, and schools are adjusting to the aspirations of “new CTE”—as many … Continue reading

Millennials in Australia – Busting the myths

Millennials are often held up as the face of the new world or derided as symbolic of our current world’s problems. They are praised for being more socially minded, willing to challenge the status quo and able to use rapidly evolving technology to solve the issues that face them but, at the same time, they … Continue reading

US Manufacturing – The changing geography of from 1940 to 2016

Between 1940 and 2016, employment in manufacturing shifted across America from the Northeast to the Midwest and the Southeast. The industry lost ground in many places and is now the largest employer in only two states—Indiana and Wisconsin. In 1940, 23% of workers were employed in the manufacturing industry, and they were concentrated in 15 … Continue reading

Apprenticeship Levy and Employer Underinvestment in Training in UK – Verdict : Not yet

The UK has suffered a long-term and substantial decline in employer investment in training over past decades. Figures show declining employee participation in workplace training, and that a substantial portion of the training done is only induction or compliance-based. As part of an attempt to reverse the trend, the government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy in … Continue reading

Aging Workforce in Canada – The ratio of younger workers to older workers declined from 2.7 in 1996 to 1.0 in 2018

Over the past two decades, the share of the employed population aged 55 and over increased significantly. This study uses Census of Population and Labour Force Survey data to examine the changing age composition of workers within the most prevalent occupations (with at least 10,000 workers), as well as the occupations that are increasing and … Continue reading

The Gig Economy in US Counties

The gig economy is a category of work that is still largely undefined and unrecognized by U.S. policy, from the local up to the federal level. Nevertheless, the gig economy is growing and influencing the way that Americans view work, which poses a number of challenges for counties. 1. SHIFTING MINDSET OF WORK The growth … Continue reading

Grads in US – A Well-Being Index

Traditional metrics for measuring the value of a college education — namely, job and graduate school placement rates and alumni salaries — may be the simplest evaluations of alumni outcomes, but they do not fully capture the experience and impact of a college education. Conventional outcomes do not adequately re ect the missions of higher … Continue reading

Future Skills in Australia – Local government and workforce perspectives

The Local Government Workforce Development Group (LGWDG) comprises representatives from each state and territory Local Government Association and provides advice on workforce matters to the Australian Local Government Association. The LGWDG undertook this study to identify the current and emerging skill needs of Local Government to better position the sector for the future. The way … Continue reading

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