The Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC) is a nationally recognized initiative, led by local and national foundations, to address the skills gap that leaves too many job-seekers and workers in poverty while employers are unable to meet needs for a skilled workforce. Launched in 2004, the BAWFC seeks to enhance economic competitiveness and reduce poverty by strengthening the ability of the workforce development system to meet the needs of employers and low-skilled adults. (USA)
Among industrialized countries, Canada has the highest proportion of residents with a post-secondary education, yet we also have the highest rate of degree holders working in jobs earning half the median income or less. And a rise in precarious employment and the widening gap between knowledge sector jobs and entry-level jobs is creating income disparity. This report examines our under-performing labour market and challenges the popular notion that the threat to good jobs is inevitable.
A gap exists between how qualified students think they are for a career and how confident employers are about finding skilled graduates, reveals a new study by Chegg textbook rental company, which also runs a service connecting graduating high school students with colleges and scholarships. Half of PSE students said they felt “very” or “completely” prepared for a job in their field of study. However, even fewer employers – 39% of those surveyed – said the recent graduates they interviewed in the past 2 years were prepared for a job. Even wider gaps emerge when the survey focuses on several different skills, including “creating a budget or financial goal,” “writing to communicate ideas or explain information clearly” (each show a 22% gap), and “organization” (25% gap). Chegg hopes the findings will be educational for students. “We’re going to go directly to students and help them understand what this gap is,” said Chegg President Dan Rosensweig.
Canada’s Skills Crisis: What We Heard. A Canadian Chamber of Commerce report on cross-country consultations in 2012
As part of the “Top Ten Barriers to Canadian Competitiveness” initiative, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its network held its largest-ever consultation with its membership on the skills crisis.
This video by Lemay Media and Millier Dickinson Blais digs deeper into the need for a Canadian national workforce strategy. Trudy Parsons blogged about this issue in her post “The Iceberg Dilemma“.
In an effort to understand the state of career development in the Canadian workplace, CERIC commissioned Environics Research Group to survey 500 employers in the fall of 2013. The survey charts new territory with an in-depth look at the response of Canadian business to youth unemployment, the business view on just how real skills shortages are in this country, and insights on exactly how business is recruiting and training talent today.
Highlights • Canada’s job record over the past decade has been robust, especially relative to other G-7 countries. Under the surface, monumental longer-term shifts continue to take place, including greater labour force participation of older workers and a gravitation towards more non-standard job structures. • The notion of a severe labour market skills mismatch has topped the headlines. With data in hand, we debunk the notion that Canada is facing an imminent skills crisis. At the same time, there is some evidence of mismatch across certain occupations and provinces, but the sparse, non-time series data prevent us from saying whether the situation today is worse than in years past. • Despite the absence of a so-called “burning platform”, bold movement is warranted to maintain Canada’s standard of living today and into the future. An efficient labour market is a critical element towards achieving this end goal. • In light of the importance of skills, governments across the country are formalizing their training and jobs strategies . However, governments cannot act alone. Employers, educators and employees need to join the fray. We review several strategies which have already been implemented, but note that many are experiencing varying degrees of success.
SkillWorks is a multiyear initiative to improve workforce development in Boston and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of helping low income individuals attain family supporting jobs and businesses find skilled workers.
Canada is moving to address a national problem—inadequate supplies of the talent needed to secure Canadian businesses’ competitiveness as well as the country’s overall prosperity.
Accenture analyzes its recent US Skills Gap Survey to understand the nature and extent of the skills gap—and proposes seven strategies that companies in pursuit of high performance can follow.