Skills Gap

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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

Digital Talents Gap – Developing them among the existing workforce

Companies are trying a variety of unconventional methods to bring in digital talent. Facebook, for example, has “acquihired” the employees of more than a dozen companies—buying these companies as much or more for the employees as for the business itself. Meanwhile, Citigroup and others are introducing online gaming apps, either as recruiting tools or to … Continue reading

Driving Up the Demand for Skills in UK – Skills policy is only one part of a strategic mix

The general direction of skills policy in the UK over the recent past has been to create a market for training in order to improve the degree to which the skills people acquire are matched to those that the economy demands. A recognised weakness of the training market, certainly over the 1990s and early 2000s, … Continue reading

ICT in Europe – 38% of companies reported difficulties in filling vacancies

Technological change alters the skill requirements of the labour market. Computers and advanced machinery, for example, can more easily replace workers employed in jobs which involve very intensive routine tasks, either manual or cognitive. These tasks can be easily programmed and executed by machines. ICT development and digitalisation may therefore favour the highly skilled, and … Continue reading

Skills Mismatch – The concept and its measurement

The issue of skills mismatches, in one form or another, is a continuing focus for debate. One of the problems, in addressing mismatch, is that there is confusion over the meaning of the terms involved; another is that the measurement of some of the forms of mismatch is problematic. The aim of this section is … Continue reading

Employers Skills Needs in Wisconsin – Work ethic is the most important

Wisconsin and the nation are struggling with how to address persistent unemployment and an economy recovering too slowly from the Great Recession of 2008. While economists point to a host of reasons for sluggish growth, including low aggregate demand, outsourcing, spending cuts, and so on, some argue a principal culprit is the “skills gap.” Based … Continue reading

Factory Jobs in US – Labor shortages that delayed filling orders

James L. Brown tried to hire a dozen workers for his metal foundry here. Half of them flunked the drug test. Those results are typical, says the president of Bremen Castings Inc, a family-owned employer of 350 workers who make parts for trucks and other equipment. Drug problems are one factor contributing to a labor … Continue reading

Skills Gap in US – For the seventh consecutive year, skilled trades are the hardest to find

For the seventh consecutive year, skilled trades are the hardest jobs to in the United States; drivers are in second place, followed by sales representatives and teachers.   Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Talent Shortage Survey 2016  

China – No acute skills gap, but a lack of soft skills report says

As China moves towards a services- and knowledge-driven economy, one of the main constraints will lie in the ability of its workforce to gain the requisite skills and knowledge to make the transition to a high-income country. There is little evidence to suggest that China suffers from an acute skills gap across wide occupational areas. … Continue reading

Skills Gap and Tertiary Education in New Zealand – Employer satisfaction with graduates is mixed

There are mixed opinions on how well New Zealand’s tertiary system prepares graduates for employment. For example, Universities New Zealand (sub. 17) submitted that it is a myth that universities are producing poor quality graduates or graduates that are not work ready. Others, including Ed.Collective (sub. 89) offered a different assessment. …there are areas where … Continue reading

Skills Gap – A tech-talent list

In today’s rapidly changing digital landscape, companies that understand their talent needs and know how to meet them have a competitive edge. Here’s how they do it. While there is a broad range of skills needed, this set should be part of any company’s tech-talent list: Experienced designers and engineers. As customer experience becomes increasingly … Continue reading

Breadth of Skills – To expand our conception of where and when learning happens

Knowing how to read and write is absolutely essential to interacting with the world, and research has shown that math and science skills are signi cant drivers of productivity. Recent work by economists Eric Hanushek and Ludgar Woessmann nds that if all countries possessed the skill level in these domains of Finland, often a top … Continue reading

Skills Gap in US and Digital Readiness – How familiar adults are with specific educational resources or concepts

How familiar adults are with specific educational resources or concepts: As it turns out, there is not widespread public awareness of some of the key resources that are becoming available thanks to innovation online. Noteworthy majorities of Americans say they are “not too” or “not at all” aware of these things: Common Core standards – … Continue reading

Skills – There is a greater demand for socio-emotional skills and higher-order cognitive skills than for basic cognitive or technical skills

Educators believe that they are adequately preparing youth for the labor market while at the same time employers lament the students’ lack of skills. A possible source of the mismatch in perceptions is that employers and educators have different understandings of the types of skills valued in the labor market. Using economics and psychology literature … Continue reading

Skill Mismatches in Europe – The prolonged economic downturn is threatening the long-term potential of the EU’s human resource

Cedefop’s first ESJ (12) survey reveals that skill mismatch affects most of the workforce, not only those looking for a job. The survey is the first to look at skill mismatch over time, taking account of changes to people’s skills and their job tasks. The findings caution that the prolonged economic downturn is threatening the … Continue reading

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