Beaucoup de Manque des Compétences

By May 6, 2007General

The skills gap in the West Midlands, England:

The skills problem has been highlighted as the single biggest problem facing the region following months of consultation into the future of its economy.

The skills gap in Waikato, New Zealand:

The way society regards the trades needs to change if Waikato’s engineering industry is to remedy the skills shortfall it is currently suffering, says CI Munro general manager Paul Hebberd.

The skills gap in South Korea.

South Korea joins the ranks of other countries with rapidly ageing populations and low birthrates who need skilled workers from abroad. The South Korean government announced that it would grant permanent residency to skilled manual workers from abroad in an effort to relieve labor shortages in small to medium sized industries.

South Korea also wishes to increase their industrial competitiveness and boost tax revenues with the new changes, expected to go into effect next January.

The skills gap in Turkey.

According to findings published by market research group IDC, Turkey will need some 40,800 network technologies specialists in 2007.

The skills gap in British Columbia.

The B.C. government is following Ontario’s lead and eliminating mandatory retirement.

Attorney General Wally Oppal has introduced changes to the B.C. Human Rights Act that will prohibit age discrimination along with gender and disability effective Jan. 1, 2008. The changes will apply to private sector workers as well as provincial employees. “We know that 65 was some arbitrary date set many, many years ago that’s not really relevant any more,” Oppal said…The change is B.C.’s belated effort to address a looming skill shortage in government and elsewhere, as the baby boom generation starts to retire.

The skills gap in Wales.

Sir Digby Jones, the government’s skills envoy, challenges employers in Wales to increase their employee training or face obscurity in an increasingly competitive global market

The best British firms have always understood that the skills of their staff are what they rely on to compete and win, but too many employers have never got it. Although it may come as a shock it’s no surprise that Britain is ranked 16th of the OECD countries – behind Tunisia – in terms of the strength of its skills base.

International demand for skilled workers is growing, it appears. Guess increasing the number of H-1B visas alone won’t do the trick here in the United States.

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  • skh.pcola says:

    The “skills gap” is the result of “higher education” becoming ubiquitous, and the perception that it is a right instead of a privilege.

    Let me try to explain my thoughts. I graduated high school in 1983. At that time, going to a university after high school wasn’t rare, but it wasn’t all that common. Out of a graduating class of ~310, I’d estimate that 100 went to college. Now, “higher education” consists of joke degrees like “Social Work,” “Criminal Justice,” “Leisure Activities,” “African-American History,” and many others. High school graduates consider going to college a birthright, something that will bring them riches and rewards. Sadly, with “higher education” having experienced a degradation of quality in the last several decades, that’s not necessarily the case.

    Vocations that used to require a year or two at a Vo-Tech institution now require 4-5 years and $40k or more in costs to complete. High schools are complicit in this deception, since they promote BS college degrees to people who would be better served by learning a skilled trade instead.