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Who are the Persistently NEET Young People – Key socio-demographic characteristics in Australia

The journey of young people immediately post-secondary schooling is of significant interest for policy makers, the wider community and students and their parents. While it is commonly accepted that many young people may experience a short period of not being in education, employment or training (NEET) as a normal part of their transition from school … Continue reading

Engagement – The State of the Global Workplace by Gallup

Today’s workplaces are experiencing changes at unprecedented rates. The rise of digitization and automation, increased access to information, and the globalization of markets are among the trends challenging traditional approaches to work, company cultures, management and jobs. Organizations everywhere are looking for strategies and tactics to stay competitive and grow — and simply doing what … Continue reading

Future of Work – Future Skills by the Australian Industry Skills Committee

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) commissioned the Future Skills and Training Resource to gather and analyse data on Australian and international megatrends, their potential impact on Australia’s future workforce and the implications for vocational education and training.  It complements existing data sources and Industry Reference Committee (IRC) intelligence. It is a practical resource intended to … Continue reading

Working Poor in Europe – The increase in non-standard forms of employment in many countries appears to have contributed to rising it

The ‘working poor’ are a substantial group, the latest estimate putting 10% of European workers at risk of poverty, up from 8% in 2007. This report describes the development of in-work poverty in the EU since the crisis of 2008, picking up where an earlier Eurofound report on this subject, published in 2010, ended and … Continue reading

Persons at Risk of Poverty or Social Exclusion in EU – Decreased to 23.4% last year, only 0.1 percentage points above its 2009 low-point

In 2016, 117.5 million people, or 23.4% of the population, in the European Union (EU) were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. This means that they were in at least one of the following three conditions: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers (income poverty), severely materially deprived or living in households with very low work intensity. … Continue reading

Digital Skills – Effective use of ICTs in life and for work requires adequate skills OECD says

Effective use of ICTs in life and for work requires more specialist and generic skills in ICTs complemented by better foundational skills. “IT staff” ranks second among the top ten jobs that employers have difficulties filling, notably in services, although shortages of ICT specialist skills seem limited to only a few countries, at least in … Continue reading

Skills in UK – 94% of employers say that life skills are at least as important as academic results research finds

Schools’ main focus is on developing children’s core academic knowledge and skills in literacy, numeracy, and range of curriculum subjects. But there are other skills that are increasingly seen as important to children’s wider development: ‘essential life skills’ such as confidence, social skills, self-control, motivation, and resilience. These are the attitudes, skills and behaviours that … Continue reading

Future of Work in US – 58% say there should be limits on the number of jobs that businesses can replace with machines

Americans are apprehensive about a future in which machines take on more of the work now done by humans, and most are supportive of policies aimed at cushioning the economic impact of widespread automation, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The vast majority of Americans (85%) say they would support restricting workforce automation … Continue reading

Fields of Study across OECD – Disturbing facts

This edition of Education at a Glance focuses on fields of study, analysing various indicators through the prism of young adults’ career choices. Results show that the most common field of study in which tertiary students enrol is business, administration and law, whereas science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly referred to as the STEM fields, … Continue reading

NEETs in Europe – 60% of them belong because of labour market factors

Eurofound has identified seven groups within the category of NEET (aged 15–24) and using EU-LFS data has calculated the size of each. These groups are described below. Taken together, the figures for discouraged workers, the short- and long-term unemployed, and re-entrants suggest that around 60% belong to the NEETs group because of labour market factors. … Continue reading

VET in Europe – Only 48% whose education was primarily general in nature say they received information about it

In 2016 Cedefop launched its first ever opinion survey aimed at investigating EU citizens’ opinions on vocational education and training. A total of 35 646 face-to-face interviews were conducted with citizens of the Member States. The survey provides an unprecedented perspective on EU citizens’ opinions on awareness, attractiveness, experience and effectiveness of vocational education and training … Continue reading

European Round Table of Industrialists – Building and transforming skills for a digital world

The ongoing digitisation of society and business enables new ways of living, producing and consuming. Some speak of a Fourth Industrial Revolution as new technologies disrupt current business models and offer opportunities. To remain competitive in this global digital market and to maintain our overall welfare, European industry is shaping and converting to this new … Continue reading

ICT Labour Market Outlook 2017-2021 in Canada – Digital talent demand of around 216,000 by 2021

During the period 2011 to 2016, the Canadian digital economy experienced a steady labour growth of around 2.38%, compared to that of 1.17% for the rest of the economy. The overall digital labour force now amounts to around 1,389,000 professionals, and is re ective of the health of this economy and the expanding range of … Continue reading

School-to-Work Transition – 5 main types of regimes

This report presents the comparative overview of the school-to-work (STW) transition pathways, structures and related effectiveness in eight countries : Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the UK. In addition, France was reviewed where possible as representing a particular Continental STW transition model. We have applied the Pohl and Walther’s typology of … Continue reading

Working Time in Europe – 42% expressing a preference for a change

Working time is a recurrent topic of study because the nature of work, its content, the conditions under which it is performed and the labour market itself keep changing. These changes have an impact on working time duration and the way working time is organised. One of the manifest results is the erosion of a … Continue reading

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