Interesting article from Training Journal:
“A company that does not work hard to retain its employees and invest in its people will find itself in a difficult situation given we already have a shortage of high quality managers. Strong managers are the lifeblood of effective organisations and too many employers are realising this too late.”
http://www.trainingjournal.com/news/articles-news-employers-struggle-to-retain-and-recruit-for-management-roles-survey-reveals/ (Accessed 23/04/2012).
“Some of the views in the report point directly to the kinds of policy questions that are preoccupying governments – and employers – eager to match skilled jobs with skilled workers.
According to the young people cited in the report:
- public and private employers need to collaborate more effectively with educational institutions;
- vocational training needs to be made more available and accessible;
- employers need to value vocational training, apprenticeships and non-formal training more highly;
- labour market needs should be analysed continuously and extensively;
- education and training programmes should be tailored to labour market needs.”
The above links closely to the New South African Post-Secondary Education Green Paper. However, in my view not all education programmes should be tailored to labour market needs – we should avoid commodification and flattening of all Higher Education to a labour market technicist paradigm.
http://efareport.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/world-youth-report-puts-focus-on-skills/ (accessed 21/03/2012)
What do you think?
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From OECD and by Andreas Schleicher: this excerpt below reflects what I have just posted about our skills crisis and the reworking of our post-secondary education – Published in the Green Paper recently. It also reflects the article by Thomas Friedman posted a few days ago.
“…Moreover, this new ‘currency’ depreciates as skill requirements of labor-markets evolve and individuals lose the skills they do not use. The toxic coexistence of high unemployment and skill shortages in many countries today illustrates that producing more of the same graduates is not the answer. To succeed with converting knowledge and skills into jobs, growth and social outcomes which nations require, we need to develop a better understanding of those skills that drive strong and sustainable economic and social outcomes; we need to ensure that the right mix of skills is being taught and learned over the lifecycle of people; we need to develop effective labor-markets that use their skill potential; and we need better governance arrangements with sustainable approaches to who should pay for what, when and where. OECD’s new Skills Strategy is now providing a framework to support countries with building, maintaining and using their human capital to boost employment and growth and promote social inclusion.”
http://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/knowledge-and-skills-are-infinite-oil.html (accessed 19/03/2012). Please view to see the whole article.
“In OECD countries, many young people enter vocational programmes at upper secondary level. Sometimes these programmes are linked to workplace training, and sometimes they are formal apprenticeships, alternating on-the-job learning with school-based training. Despite its international diversity, some common issues and challenges remain. For example:
- how to balance the needs of students and employers in the provision of training;
- the skills required by VET teachers and trainers;
- the extent to which the benefits of workplace training can be fully exploited;
- the most effective models for engaging employers and unions;
- how better measures of labour market outcomes can be developed, and compared across countries.
Learning for Jobs, the thematic review of initial VET, looks at these issues among others. The work got under way in 2007 and, following 17 country reviews across the globe, was completed with the publication of a final comparative report in 2010.”
See here ready to work videos covering time management, listening skills etc., from on the job TV.