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Hybrid Work is the Next Great Disruption – How Microsoft experiences it

We’re on the brink of a disruption as great as last year’s sudden shift to remote work: the move to hybrid work — a blended model where some employees return to the workplace and others continue to work from homeWe’re on the brink of a disruption as great as last year’s sudden shift to remote … Continue reading

Lifelong Learning in UK – The Lifelong Loan Entitlement

The Lifelong Education Commission was launched by Chris Skidmore under his Chairmanship at ResPublica in February 2021. The Commission seeks to recommend how the multiple and varied barriers to lifelong learning can be removed, what future investment is needed to support this, and what regulatory change is needed to ensure the maximum possible flexibility that … Continue reading

Employment-Based Training Models – The crucial aspect is whether the training helps with productivity and profitability

Employment-based training (EBT) is training for paid employees which is integrated within a work setting, related to their role, and provided or supported by employers. It can be nationally recognised or non-nationally recognised. It can be structured, or unstructured. For many employers, the crucial aspect of EBT is whether the training helps with productivity and … Continue reading

Upskilling in US – An additional 8.6% in annual income for workers and a powerful talent attraction tool

COVID-19 has impacted work in unprecedented ways, with 30 million American adults reporting having lost their jobs or businesses since the beginning of the pandemic. As the U.S. economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19, upskilling programs — defined as training or education that teaches new skills or advances or upgrades existing skills — present … Continue reading

COVID and Teleworking for Knowledge Workers – The great executive-employee disconnect

Executives are well on their way to determining plans for bringing employees back to the office post-pandemic. But new data from the Future Forum Pulse, a global study of more than 10,000 knowledge workers, shows a massive and growing divide in how executives and employees envision the future of work. Chosen excerpts by Job Market … Continue reading

Reskilling and Career Paths – A study of 209,000 people in 190 countries

A study of 209,000 people in 190 countries shows the appeal of professional reinvention at an uncertain time. More than two-thirds of workers globally are willing to retrain for new jobs, an attitude that may set the stage for vast workplace changes after the pandemic ends. The interest in switching careers is tied to both … Continue reading

EI and Working-While-on-Claim Provisions in Canada – Does working part-time help claimants ?

Canada’s Employment Insurance (EI) program provides income support for workers who have lost their jobs. The program also strives to help recently unemployed Canadians keep a foothold in the labour market and provide a stepping stone to new permanent work. It does so through working-while-on-claim (WWC) provisions that encourage claimants to take part-time or casual … Continue reading

VET Qualifications in Europe – Must be relevant at national and local levels while opening the door to international comparability

VET qualifications must be relevant at national and local levels while opening the door to international comparability Pressure on European education and training systems has increased in recent years, with technological and demographic trends reshaping demand for skills and qualifications and making lifelong learning a necessity, for both individuals and countries. Vocational education and training … Continue reading

Perspectives on National Occupational Standards in UK – What do users think?

This research explored stakeholder perceptions and use of National Occupational Standards (NOS), and visions for their future, to inform the NOS Governance Group’s pre-strategy work. It was conducted by the Edge Foundation between December 2019 and May 2020 and involved interviews with 28 stakeholders. From the early 1980s, occupational standards have been evolving in the … Continue reading

Investing in Career Guidance – Employer engagement activities

Effective career guidance helps individuals to reach their potential, economies to become more efficient and societies to become fairer. It is critical to the smooth transitions of people as they make choices about education and training and to mobility within the labour market. In December 2019, six international organisations came together to publish a first booklet … Continue reading

Covid and Working from Home in Canada – 30% of employees aged 15 to 64

Working from home: a new experiment for many Canadian workers and employers The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the work location of thousands of Canadian workers. From April 2020 to June 2021, 30% of employees aged 15 to 64 who worked during the Labour Force Survey (LFS) reference week had performed most of their hours from … Continue reading

COVID-19, Jobs, Skills and Immigration in Europe – Longer-term trends and challenges not fundamentally altered

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a historic economic recession with significant consequences for employment and, in turn, immigration and skills policy. While it remains to be seen how lasting the pandemic’s effects will be on the worst-hit sectors, such as hospitality, leisure, and tourism, the crisis appears to be entrenching existing … Continue reading

Midcareer Workers (45-60) – Facing stark unemployment challenges

Today, the global employment nonprofit organisation Generation publishes Meeting The World’s Midcareer Challenge, a research report based on a survey of 3,800 employed and unemployed people, and 1,404 hiring managers to reveal global employment trends. The report sheds light on the reality of the jobs market for those aged 45-60 in seven countries — Brazil, … Continue reading

Aerospace Workforce in Australia – Two thirds of aviation employers had experienced skills shortages in the previous 12 months

The aerospace industry can be broken down into three sub-sectors: • Aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturing • Civilian aircraft and component repair and maintenance • Military aircraft repair and maintenance The aviation industry includes aircraft manufacturing and repair services, as well as a range of professional, scientific, and technical services for the aviation, defence and … Continue reading

Higher Technical Education in UK – A relatively low proportion of the workforce with higher technical skills and qualifications

This research, commissioned by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, explores how a higher technical education offer with a focus on industry-specific skills, could help to address the needs of local people, local businesses and the local economy. Compared with its international competitors, the UK has a relatively low proportion of the workforce with higher technical skills … Continue reading

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