Finding suitable and skilled professionals in a rapidly evolving technology environment is proving to be a difficult task for many employers. Today’s business world places increasing demands on employees, expecting a variety of skills and competencies.
Add to this the new generations entering the labour market, who have their own needs and demands on employers, and the situation becomes even more complex. In this context, shortages of certain skills can become a challenge for both jobseekers and organizations.
What is a Skill Gap?
This term describes the gap between the skills required in the labour market and the skills available to candidates. This gap occurs due to the rapid development of technology, changes in the economy and the lack of appropriate educational programmes.
How can it be bridged?
Education and training
Investing in education and training programmes is essential. This can include updating curricula and programmes, developing new courses, providing on-the-job training and encouraging continuous learning.
Partnership between education and business
Cooperation between educational institutions and employers is a key factor. This can include establishing partnerships, creating apprenticeships and work-based learning programmes that respond to business needs.
Mentoring and specialized academies to develop different skills
The accumulation of theoretical knowledge is undoubtedly at the heart of professionalism, but in recent years the need for additional work on career skills development has also come to the fore. This is particularly true for early career professionals who have yet to develop their working habits. Initiatives such as JobTiger’s Youth Career Academy (YCA), ISIC and the Business Foundation for Education can be extremely helpful in overcoming these difficulties for both employers and young people.
Career guidance and career choice promotion
Supporting pupils and students in choosing career pathways that meet labour market requirements is essential. This can include information campaigns, career guidance and mentoring.
Training and retraining programmes
Providing retraining and reskilling opportunities for workers can help reduce the skills gap. This can include training and support programmes for people who want to learn new skills or redirect their careers.
Information and statistics
Collecting and analyzing data on labour market condition and employer requirements can help identify skill gaps and target training and development efforts.
Bridging the skill gap is a process that requires cooperation between all stakeholders. It requires persistence and sustainability because it is a transition that does not happen overnight.
Personal responsibility to build skills and proactive behaviour are essential in a highly competitive work environment. Self-assessment and identification of missing skills is the first step to successfully addressing them.