Skills

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Productivity and Skills – Sectoral skills explain more than school attainment

The key source of modern economic growth is productivity growth which is ultimately determined by technological progress. Innovation and technological progress are driven by people’s knowledge and skills which, in turn, are fostered by education and by research and development activities (R&D). Education – by equipping individuals with knowledge and skills – enables workers to … Continue reading

Higher Education in Ontario – One-quarter of graduating students score below adequate on measures of literacy, numeracy

One of the first major attempts to measure employment-related skills in university and college students on a large scale shows that students are experiencing some gains in literacy, numeracy and critical-thinking scores over the course of their undergraduate studies. Yet, one in four graduating students scored below adequate in measures of literacy or numeracy, and … Continue reading

Skills in Postings in Europe – Cedefop’s findings

Since mid-2018, Cedefop’s online job vacancies data retrieval system has collected around 32 million unique vacancy postings in Czechia, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy and UK. Their labour markets equal around two-thirds of employment in the EU. 79% of the online job vacancies has been collected from private online job portals, 15% from public portals … Continue reading

Online Job Vacancies and Skills in Europe – The Cedefop’s new system

Over recent decades, online job portals have become important recruitment and job search tools. Beyond assisting skills matching, the job vacancies these portals gather can also be used to analyse labour market trends in real time, generating evidence that can inform education and training policies and help ensure that people’s skills meet the needs of … Continue reading

Future of Work and Skills System for Scotland and Northern Ireland – A focus on young people alone will not be enough

This report marks the third in a series of three reports looking at what a 21st century skills system should look like, in a comparative study across Northern Ireland and Scotland. PRIORITIES FOR THE SKILLS SYSTEMS IN NORTHERN IRELAND AND SCOTLAND Disruption will be significant over the coming years – the skills system needs to … Continue reading

Skills and Youth Labor Market Integration – Self-rated specific skills are more positively related to favorable labor market outcomes than self-rated generic skills

The transition from school to work is regarded as a precarious period for young people, as they often have to deal with periods of job searching, occupational mismatches and flexible contracts (Levels et al. 2014; Scherer 2005; Wolbers 2003). Education plays a decisive role in preparing youth for the labor market, and the provision of … Continue reading

Automation and Ageing in Northern Ireland and Scotland – A successful skills system will need to be far more ambitious

A truly successful skills system could bring vast benefits to Northern Ireland and Scotland. Both are on the cusp of significant changes, as the impact of automation and technological change combines with an ageing population. This could carry significant dividends, driving productivity and boosting economic growth, and bringing new opportunities for individuals and employers. But … Continue reading

Low Skills in Europe – The Upskilling pathways

In 2017, 15.7% of low-qualified young Europeans aged 15 to 29 were not in education, employment or training (NEET), compared to 9.6% of their better educated peers. In the same year, the unemployment rate of low-qualified adults of working age (25 to 64) stood at 13.9% in the EU-28 while that of their highly qualified … Continue reading

Skills Audits In Europe – The term itself and its translation is not used in practice

A skills audit measures and records the skills and knowledge of a person. This study looks at skills audits in 16 EU countries to identify main types and the different methods, approaches and standards used. Effectiveness of skills audits is also analysed. Is there a common understanding of skills audit? The research shows that while there … Continue reading

The Future of Work – Investing in human capital must be a priority says the World Development Report 2019

The World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the World Development Report 2019 finds that on balance … Continue reading

National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) – The inclusion of non-formal qualifications

National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) are important policy instruments to promote mobility and lifelong learning at the national as well as the European level. The NQF can play a decisive role not only to improve the transparency of a national qualifications system, but also as a policy reform driver … Continue reading

The Finnish National Qualifications Framework (NQF) – A comprehensive and concise description

The Finnish National Framework for Qualifications and Other Competence Modules (FiNQF) was formally adopted on 1 March 2017. On this date, the Law and the Decree governing the FiNQF entered force, which marked a formal culmination of the work towards a national qualifications framework. In fact, much had been done before; the Government committed to … Continue reading

Creativity as a Skills – Creative occupations don’t have a monopoly on creativity

At a time when all jobs, whether in a coffee shop or a bank, can seemingly be described as creative, you’d be forgiven for thinking the word had lost all meaning in the labour market. However, this first piece of research from the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), written in partnership with Nesta, … Continue reading

HR – Focus on skills, not pedigrees

A good place to start rethinking the recruiting process is at the top of the funnel, by cutting requirements in job ads to what’s truly essential—tossing out education and experience nice-to-haves—and hiring for fit rather than technical mastery of the role. Resumes, for example, won’t necessarily reveal a candidate’s creativity, willingness to work hard and … Continue reading

Digital Skills Certification – Increases a worker’s earnings but …

Newcomers often face difficulties breaking into labour markets. Even highly educated and skilled workers without work history often struggle to land their first jobs. An important reason for this is that it is difficult for prospective employers to be sure of such unproven workers’ productivity Pallais (2014). This is especially true in online labour markets … Continue reading

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