Matching Skills and Labour Market Needs: Building Social Partnerships for better skills and better jobs

Unattributed,, Feb 17, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This document was produced for the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. "Skills mismatches occur when workers have either fewer or more skills than jobs require." Generally the focus is on those with too few skills; the report recommends adopting a "learn first" approach and cautions that "promoting jobs without paying due attention to their quality and to the skills required may only buy time and ultimately prolong the jobs crisis." In Canada, in addition to underqualification, there is also significant overqualification. This happens when the skills people acquire don't match the needs in the marketplace. But it's not simply a matter of refocusing people; "unattractive working conditions play an important role in explaining the difficulties employers face in recruiting appropriately." 28 page PDF; direct link.

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