BRIDGING THE SKILL GAP

It has been a topic of discussion that the economy is facing a skill gap. They say “candidates do not have the necessary skills required to get the job done”. This boils down to the notion of therebeing good jobs well enough to only carry candidates with skills. Employers cannot find people to hire because university students are not majoring in the courses where the jobs are.

More companies have been hiring from outside rather than growing their talent from within. Every organization is looking to hire people with experience and most probably lay off their inexperienced workers. If everyone is focused on hiring the most experienced workers without training their already existing ones, it implies that they focus on candidate’s ability to do a job rather than the potential of doing the job well. The end result would be a large number of untrained and inexperienced people in the organization.

Schools alone (university and the likes) do not give to candidates what they really need to be employable. Though a part of the knowledge gained in school is essential, it becomes important to be able to harmonize the town (work life) with the gown (school life).

Yet, the skill set gap has to be filled. To allow for more productivity in organizations and even the economy as a whole, it is better to come up with a solution where the employers are not just in the system to consume the skills but are actively engaged in producing these skills.

The labor skills gap might also be the result of inadequate information. People may seek out training and college courses without fully understanding what skills are needed. They might also not be aware of what opportunities are available to them. It is advisable that people should be educated on the type of skill set and trainings required to get their work done. One way firms can solve this problem is by going for an all-encompassing training that gives employees the ability to allow a balance in their work.

All of the skill gap problems still boils down to the role employers have to play in skill development. They could either educate universities or colleges on the skills required from graduates, train their own workers on the skills necessary to get the work done or also look for all-encompassing training to further allow for employee’s balance.

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