The Skills Gap Internationally – What’s the Data say?
McKinsey has just released a report on the seeming reality of the skills gap which is one part a perspective issue another the system and it’s obstacles. The report Education to Employment: Building a System that Works, takes an international approach to understanding youth employment including youth and employer perspectives, and the obstacles along the way to entering post-secondary institutions, persisting, garnering key skills, graduating and then navigating the job market. What is most interesting is the common aspects of successful programs around the world which are those that integrate academia and business and start the conversation and aligned efforts early in a student’s educational career.
Just a further underscoring of the companies such as Google and LEGO and initiatives like CoLab at University of Colorado who are already engaging in the classroom and aligning expectations through workforce informed lessons. The question will be how to further the dialogue between education and the workforce and create tangible experiences and bridges for students to successfully gain skills and enter the workforce.