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Durable Skills – Creating opportunities for reengagement is essential

Our current systems of learning are not adequately addressing the durable skills needs of all students and employees. As an example, while it was once acceptable for an accountant to excel solely at analyzing numbers, much of that basic analysis work is now done with technology. As such, the role of an accountant has changed … Continue reading

Skills Gap – Competency is more than the mastery of a discrete academic standard

Competency is more than the mastery of a discrete academic standard. True competence is deeper and broader. It includes academics as well as a wide range of other cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal skills not typically included in academic subjects or college and career readiness learning standards. Competency also requires the combination of knowledge and skills across multiple domains and implies … Continue reading

Skills – Not only are there difficulties in defining skill, there is no agreed classification of the types of skills observed

Not only are there difficulties in defining skill, there is no agreed classification of the types of skills observed. Grugulis and Lloyd (2010, p.99) point out that there has been a ‘dramatic increase in the lexicon of skills’, while Thompson (2007, p.1364) comments that the ‘palette of skills’ has been widened ‘without normally deepening them’. … Continue reading

New competency : Tomorrow’s journalist according to the BBC’s College of Journalism

For those who mind where things are leading in journalism, the content is : The End of Fortress Journalism by Peter Horrocks Introducing Multimedia to the Newsroom by Zoe Smith Multimedia Reporting in the Field by Guy Pelham Dealing with User-Generated Content: is it Worth it? by Paul Hambleton Video Games: a New Medium for … Continue reading

Skills Gap | IT security : Global Information Security Workforce Study concludes that Professionals not ready for social media threats

Frost & Sullivan has published his (ISC)²® Global Information Security Workforce Study. The electronic survey covered 10,413 respondents over the world. Results depict an information security professional market under increasing pressure. “Frost & Sullivan believes this year’s survey shows a clear gap in skills needed to protect organizations in the near future. The information security … Continue reading

Skills Gap | Europe : One in five 15-year-olds in Europe lack basic reading and writing skills

The European Commission has set up an independent group of experts on literacy chaired by Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands. EU Ministers have set a target of reducing the share of pupils with difficulties in reading, maths and science to fewer than 15% by 2020. “The launch of this group marks the start of a … Continue reading

OECD | World | Migration | Brain Drain : A new Report

“Conventional wisdom suggests that international migration of the highly skilled from poor to rich countries — the so-called brain drain phenomenon — threatens development.” writes the OECD in its new report Migration and the Brain Drain Phenomenon. It then adss: “Comparing emigration rates of the highly educated — the share of a country’s nationals with a … Continue reading

Labour markets : the German Recipe according to The Economist

According to The Economist, “the academic achievements of (german) schoolchildren, measured in international tests, look only mediocre… (And) the reading abilities of German 15-year-olds, according to the PISA studies published by the OECD, are below the average for rich countries. The question is then: “In a world where brainpower matters more and more, how does … Continue reading

OECD: Matching skills to new needs is an important challenge for member countries

“It is not just more of the same education that is needed” says the OECD, “the nature of the skills in demand is changing too.” The author adds: “The steepest decline in the demand for skills has recently occurred in routine cognitive task input, involving mental tasks that are well described by deductive or inductive rules… … Continue reading

Matching skills to the needs: can sector councils on employment and skills at European level contribute to this objective?

  In 2009, the European Commission requested an opinion, to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the opportunity to create sector councils on employment and skills at European level in ordre to better match skills to the needs of industry and services undergoing change.   The report The EESC supports setting up sector … Continue reading

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