Skills

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Skills – The Great Recession drastically changed what employers want

The employment shift from occupations that require mid-level skills toward those at the high and low ends is one of the most important trends in the U.S. labor market over the past 30 years. Previous research has suggested that a primary driver of this job polarization is something called routine-biased technological change (RBTC), an unfortunate … 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

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

Individuals have to take more responsibility themselves looking after their skills

“One of the important things to bear in mind looking to the future is that individuals have to take more responsibility themselves looking after their skills and upgrading them.”  John P. Martin Former OECD Director for Employment and renowned labour market expert John P. Martin has studied and compared labour market strategies worldwide. He told Cedefop’s policy … 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

HR – CEOs’ selected strategies for meeting the Human Capital challenge

CEOs know that meeting their most urgent business growth challenges is inextricably linked to the strength of their human capital base. Effective use of human capital resources remains a critical issue for our respondents, and their strategies to improve productivity center on developing talent from within, improving leadership skills and pipeline, and building a performance … Continue reading

Portugal – Raising skills remains a priority and lifelong learning activities should focus more on the low skilled OECD says

Despite significant progress made, improving skills remains one of Portugal’s key challenges for raising growth, living standards and well-being. Upskilling the adult population remains a priority and lifelong learning activities should focus more on the low skilled. While active labour market policies have increased their training content in recent years, spending per unemployed is still … Continue reading

Income inequality in Germany – A rapid increase in the skill premium for young medium- skilled workers

The rise in inequality in many OECD countries over the last decades has triggered a rich body of academic work. Scholars agree in general that recent changes in inequality are mainly driven by inequality of labor incomes which in turn are closely related to skill premiums. In this paper, we ask whether skill-biased technological change … Continue reading

Skills Gap – Measuring skills mismatch

Skills supply (skills possessed by the labour force) and skills demand (skills demanded by employers) are central concepts in the economic analysis of employment structure and dynamics. The interaction between supply and demand has in turn led analysts to look into another dimension, skills mismatch — a concept that is rapidly gaining in importance for … Continue reading

Non-Cognitive Skills – University education has significant effects study finds

Recently, a public debate has emerged on whether universities teach the right skill-sets that prepare students for a continuously changing and globally expanding labor market. Various articles from leading scholars and journalists emphasize that university education falls short of teaching students creativity, socioemotional skills, attributes of ownership, and the ability to learn on the fly. … Continue reading

The Future of Work – The skills that will count

For young people today, what’s clear is that they’re going to need to continue to learn throughout their lifetime. The idea that you get an education when you’re young and then you stop and you go and work for 40 or 50 years with that educational training and that’s it—that’s over. All of us are … Continue reading

Skills development is key to more inclusive trade

Over recent decades, the global economy has experienced a profound transformation, mostly as a result of the joint forces of trade integration and technological progress, accompanied by important political changes. Increased trade integration has helped to drive economic growth in both high- and low-income economies, lifting millions out of poverty in emerging and developing countries. … Continue reading

Immigrants Literacy Skills – A gap equivalent to 3.5 years of schooling OECD finds

Immigrants have weaker literacy skills than native-born adults on average and the gap is the equivalent of 3.5 years of schooling. On average, about two-thirds of the difference in literacy proficiency between foreign- born and native-born adults is explained by how well immigrants have mastered the host country’s language and where they acquired their highest … Continue reading

Soft Skills – Policies aimed at reducing so-called “negative” non-cognitive or behavioral traits, however, could harm children in the long run

There is growing interest in how schools can shape children’s non-cognitive skills (sometimes known as behavioral traits, soft skills, or personality). One reason for this interest is that non-cognitive skills predict a wide range of economic outcomes, such as employment and lifetime earnings, but are also relatively malleable—at least until adulthood. This opens up a … Continue reading

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