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Upskilling – 366,000 people in 197 countries surveyed

In one of the largest global surveys of labor trends and work preferences, BCG and online recruiting company the Network surveyed 366,000 people in 197 countries. The results revealed that most people are prepared to retrain for a new position.   If people feel that their livelihoods are affected by global megatrends, it follows that … Continue reading

New PISA – Most countries, particularly in the developed world, have seen little improvement over the past decade OECD finds

One in four students in OECD countries are unable to complete even the most basic reading tasks, meaning they are likely to struggle to find their way through life in an increasingly volatile, digital world. This is one of the findings of the OECD’s latest PISA global education test, which evaluates the quality, equity and … Continue reading

Commuting in Canada – The proportion of people working 25 kilometres (km) or more from the city centre is increasing

Using data from the 1996 and 2016 Census of Population, this study examines the geographic location of jobs, people’s commute and how they have changed over time. The commuting patterns for Canada’s eight largest census metropolitan areas (CMAs)—Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa–Gatineau, Edmonton, Québec and Winnipeg—are compared. Since 1996, jobs have been moving away from … Continue reading

The Skills Gap in US – A look at the skill gap skeptics arguments

There can be no question that American employers have a record number of unfilled jobs. For the past year, the number has hovered around 7 million. As of early January 2019, the number reported by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau. Faced with real numbers, skill gap skeptics make several arguments besides denying the validity … Continue reading

Skills and Credentials – We need a viable, globally recognised credential system

Few people realise the profound changes that a focus on professional capabilities and resulting micro-credentials have made both to global education and the recognition of individual expertise. This paper outlines and examines the opportunities and results from a concerted effort to effectively assess, recognise and credential human capability across all workforces and all levels of work, … Continue reading

Labour Market Policy in Europe – Time-series for key variables covering the period 2004-2016

This publication presents statistics on labour market policy interventions implemented by EU countries and Norway in 2016, together with time-series for key variables covering the period 2004-2016. Labour market policies are financial and practical policies that can help people in disadvantaged groups in the labour market move from inactivity and unemployment into employment or find … Continue reading

Reskilling and Upskilling in UK – National Retraining Partnership and National Retraining Scheme

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the world of work at rapid pace and driving up the level of skills required. But this picture is complicated further by declining levels of adult participation in learning precisely at the time it needs to be going up. The UK skills situation is made more challenging by a … Continue reading

Pension Systems – Governments need to quickly put in place more inclusive and harmonised pensions for all OECD says

Governments should urgently reform their pension systems to ensure that the growing share of workers in temporary or part-time employment can contribute enough during their working lives to receive an adequate income in retirement, according to a new OECD report. Pensions at a Glance 2019 says that non-standard employment, such as self-employment, temporary or part-time … Continue reading

Immigrants in EU – Second-generation outperform natives on the labour market but …

Second-generation migrants with an EU background are more likely to be employed and in high-performing positions, such as managerial roles, than first-generation migrants – and even outperform natives in terms of employment rate. Having a European background plays a significant role: 81% of second-generation migrants with at least one parent born in the EU are … Continue reading

Qualification Profiles in Australia – A general mismatch with many workers holding qualifications that ‘exceed’ the skill requirements for their occupation

Changes in the qualification profiles of workers is one indicator of changes in the supply and demand for education and training. Using Australian Census data on highest qualification held (which may understate the incidence of VET qualifications if they were obtained after completing higher education) this project analyses how tertiary qualification profiles in occupations changed … Continue reading

NEETs in Canada – 11.1% of Canadian youth, more likely to have poorer self-reported physical and mental health

Youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) are considered to be at risk for long-term economic and social difficulties. The number of youth NEET is important to Canada and has also become a global issue, as evidenced by its inclusion as an indicator in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. To date, most of … Continue reading

Reskilling – CEOs are now focussed on reskilling and upskilling their existing workforce says PWC’s 22nd CEO Survey

Automation, primarily in the form of robotics and artificial intelligence, brings with it the promise of improved productivity and higher profits — but at what cost to employment and, by extension, to society? What responsibility do corporations have to reskill employees who otherwise would be displaced by technology? And what value does reskilling offer an … Continue reading

The Working Learner Index – Workers deeply value employers’ commitments to support up-skilling

In the Working Learner Index, Bright Horizons®, publisher of the Modern Family Index, undertook an unprecedented survey of more than 30,000 workers who are already learning on the job. The ndings provide a window into the lives, aspirations, and goals of a highly engaged subset of employees who are looking for credentials with a longer … Continue reading

Training in US – The 2019 Training Industry Report

TRAINING EXPENDITURES Total 2019 U.S. training expenditures—including payroll and spending on external products and services—declined 5.3 percent to $83 billion. Spending on outside products and services dipped from $11 billion to $7.5 billion, while other training expenditures (i.e., travel, facilities, equipment) decreased to $23.8 billion from $29.6 billion. Meanwhile, training payroll increased 10 percent to … Continue reading

The Training System in US – Complicated, hard to navigate, and under-funded

The American job training, or human capital development, system is complicated, hard to navigate, and under-funded. Yet at the same time it has significant strengths and many best practice and effective models. The United States does not have a training system for adults if what is meant by the term “system” is a well-articulated set … Continue reading

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