Skills

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Skills and Education – The global movement

Every country is at a different stage of evolution in its education development, and implementation of its education system varies not only according to substantive education issues but also according to national pressures and imperatives. Our interest in the Skills for a Changing World country-level work is on how the interdependent functions of curriculum, assessment, … Continue reading

Skills System in UK – From ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’: making it a world class

The majority of people who will be working in 2030 are already in the workforce, and will be untouched by the current round of educational reforms. UK employers spend less on training than other major EU economies and less than the EU average. Participation in job-related adult learning has fallen significantly in recent years, leaving … Continue reading

High-skilled workers four times more likely to emigrate

Contrary to public perception, the migrant share of the world population has not changed substantially since the 1960s, with roughly 3 percent currently living in a country different from their country of birth. Global migration patterns, however, have become increasingly asymmetric as high-skilled migration has become a greater force globally. The international distribution of talent … Continue reading

Recognition Of Migrants Skills, Knowledge And Competence – The ambivalence of competence recognition systems

An adequate incorporation of migrants in the labour market, able to fully unleash their potential, is a major challenge for EU development. In this direction, the recognition of migrants skills, knowledge and competence acquired in formal and non/informal contexts represents a crucial issue. Based on a comparative research work conducted at European level,  it considers both … Continue reading

The threat of technological obsolescence on skills in Europe

With between a quarter and two-fifths of jobs at high or medium risk of automation in OECD countries, it is expected that dynamically evolving technologies will render several of workers’ skills obsolete whilst placing a high premium on others. Indeed, Cedefop’s ESJ survey (Cedefop, 2015) revealed that about a quarter (26%) of adult employees in … Continue reading

Sector skills councils are increasingly seen as effective mechanisms to engage industry

Helping enterprises find workers with the right skills, and ensuring that workers acquire the skills they need to find productive employment, is a key to economic prosperity and building inclusive societies. Adopting a forward-looking perspective to improve the competiveness of a certain industry or sector and its future success by upgrading the skills of its … Continue reading

Workforce Development – Five principles

Almost 40 percent of American employers say they cannot find people with the skills they need, even for entry-level jobs. Almost 60 percent complain of lack of preparation, even for entry-level jobs. On the other hand, this “skills gap” represents a massive pool of untapped talent, and it has dire consequences, including economic underperformance, social … Continue reading

Talent Acquisition – Should become more intertwined with all the functions of the business

Talent acquisition executives predict “workplace flexibility” will be the top reason why candidates choose an employer five years from now. This flexibility goes well beyond workers’ hours and location, to the very nature of the employee-employer relationship. That is part of another shift in the talent landscape: the move from a full-time employee base to … Continue reading

Environment – The greening of economies will require a mix of macroeconomic, industrial, sectoral, labour market and skills policies

The greening of economies through public and private investments in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication will require a mix of macroeconomic, industrial, sectoral, labour market and skills policies. These investments in the formal and informal sector will create and enable sustainable enterprises to prosper. Paying close attention to skills development for the transition to environmentally … Continue reading

Talent War – Employers across the globe are facing the most acute talent shortage since the recession, according to the latest Talent Shortage Survey

● Forty percent of employers globally report difficulties filling jobs due to lack of available talent ● More employers than ever are filling talent gaps by training and developing their own people – this number has more than doubled since 2015, from one in five to over half Employers across the globe are facing the … 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

UK – The adult skills system is failing to build an economy that works for everyone IPPR says

The government is seeking to build an economy that works for everyone. As we leave the European Union, we will need to ensure that our country can compete in a global economy, and the government has set goals of boosting living standards, growth and productivity, and addressing deeply engrained regional inequalities. However, England’s adult skills … Continue reading

Automation and skills – More education, and different kinds

A broad area of agreement: People need to learn new skills to work in the new economy. “The best response is to increase the skills of the labor force,” said Gregory Mankiw, an economist at Harvard.  The most valuable thing could be to increase college enrollment and graduation rates. A growing number of jobs require … 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

Skills – Non-cognitive abilities are declining with birth order research finds

Popular press is replete with articles and books touting the relationship between birth order and personality. However, due to data limitations, there is very little convincing evidence documenting these relationships. Using unique registry data from Sweden on a large sample of men, we are able to estimate the relationship between birth order and measures of … Continue reading

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