“A skilled workforce is crucial to countries’ economic transformation. It enables firms to move up the value chain, adapt to economic changes, and adopt and spur innovation, while allowing workers to move out of low-productivity activities—and earn more in their jobs. The demand for skills is rapidly changing. Digital technologies are leading to automation of routine tasks and transforming or destroying jobs focused on routine and manual tasks.” (World Bank Education Overview)
The future of work is going to be very different. To maintain employment levels, skills need to be closely aligned with changing industry demand. Fortunately, agile, strengths-based skills development is within the reach of anyone, at any age.
For individuals, there are now technologies that provide more accurate advice, in much less time, than traditional methods. People discover career opportunities they would have otherwise missed and can determine their individual “skills gaps”.
Specialised online systems can:
- identify and match the strengths of anyone at any age
- show individuals which career/job options align with their personal skills
- advise which courses they should take to enhance their skills
Professional career advisers, like High School Career Guidance Councillors with limited time and limited budgets, can use these systems to redefine their services.
For businesses, the same technologies can:
- identify the personal strengths required for every role in their business
- determine their “skills gap” based on the strengths of their current employees
- make intelligent decisions about whether to hire new personnel or train their existing team
- advise which courses current employees should take and/or the best strengths for any new employee.
Tertiary educators and industry training groups can make massive savings by aggregating the same information on near real-time basis.
By identifying the skills gaps between:
- learning supply (current course offerings by industry), and
- skills demand (trending job vacancies by industry),
it is far easier to identify and develop relevant content that aligns with the demands of growing industries, while at the same time efficiently managing their spend on shrinking industries.
Other skills and employment areas we can help you with include:
- Numeracy and Literacy – Aligning learning styles and teaching styles can dramatically improve results within our existing education system, without increasing budgets.
- Distance Learning – Research shows that the effectiveness of online learning for people in regional centres can be improved by regularly meeting other learners at a local venue.
- Urban Migration – Showcasing local businesses highlights local employment opportunities. This reduces the “urban flight” of young people from regional communities to cities.
And, if you want to dig deeper, you should find these related links interesting:
- World Bank 2018 Future of Jobs Report http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Future_of_Jobs_2018.pdf
- LinkedIn 2019 LinkedIn “Skills Gap” summary https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/the-hard-and-soft-skills-to-futureproof-your-career-according-to-linkedin/
- OECD Skills for Jobs Database https://www.oecdskillsforjobsdatabase.org/index.php#FR/_
For more information about implementing your regional approach to managing skills in a rapidly changing workplace, call me now for a confidential and obligation-free conversation on +64-27-272-2168, or get in touch via email via our Contact Page, and let’s see how we can help.