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Skills Gap

Closing Africa's Skills Gap and Fostering Innovation Through Technology

Amini Kajunju | Posted 09.25.2015 | Technology
Amini Kajunju

Technology is fueling innovation and growth helping to bolster the global market competitiveness, create jobs and increase productivity in African nations.

Are You Investing in the Workforce of the Future? Or the Workforce of Yesterday?

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Seventy-five percent of businesses will be digital businesses by 2020, according to analysts, but only 30 percent of these ventures will succeed. Why? The growing deficit of multi-skilled talent is a major contributing factor.

The Flaw in Malcom Gladwell's 'Ten Thousand Hour' Rule

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 08.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
R.F. Hemphill

Not everything works that you try, in business, in love, in sports. Here's an example: Malcolm Gladwell, in his excellent book called Outliers, expou...

Training a New Generation of Skilled Workers

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Our schools today are focused almost entirely on youngsters who are college bound and that is absurd. Many of them are simply not academically inclined and many who do acquire sheepskins find little opportunity in the workplace.

Apprenticeships Can Help Close the Skills Gap

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

For years I have listened to manufacturing executives lament the shortage of people with the requisite skills to work in modern manufacturing. For many it is the number one issue -- more important than taxes, regulation, health care or trade.

Finding More Than Yourself in College

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 07.24.2015 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Young people need extracurricular activities to help them develop into well-rounded adults. However, if students want to get the most out of college, they need to engage in these activities but not allow them to become a distraction from their academic endeavors.

Prepare for a Job: Not an Interview

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 06.24.2015 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Preparing for a job interview can be hectic under any circumstance but especially for a young college graduate trying out for his or her first real job.

Fostering a Culture of Creativity in the Workplace

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

While there's no recipe for creating the ideal innovative environment, we can all take proactive steps to ensure that ideas are welcome, personal risk-taking is encouraged, and creativity is valued in our employees and throughout the workplace.

Six Degrees to Skilled Labor

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

The idea that we can be separated into categories by our career paths into white collar and blue collar; professional and vocational; lofty and lowly; is almost absurd. In order for our economy and our communities to function and thrive, we need everyone.

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part II (from the MDGs to 2030)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The meaning of practice needs to be reinterpreted. The focus on cognitive thinking and technical skills underlying this problem-program-implementation-assessment action-framework needs to give space to a skill-set capable of actually building lasting trust and reciprocal altruism between key development actors.

College Grads Are Still Hurting Over Debt and Joblessness

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Felix W. Ortiz III

Even though the job market for new college graduates is better than it has been in recent years, there is still a vast amount of unemployment and underemployment among college graduates.

Using The Three P's To Close the Skills Gap

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Perception is the biggest challenge -- many people think of manufacturing as a grimy scene of dirt and chaos. Manufacturers across the country are bringing young people onto their shop floors so they can see what modern manufacturing is really like.

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part I (from Aristotle to the MDGs)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Practice has become a key concept in the policy process. In September 2015, the United Nations will hold a summit to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meant to challenge the globe to grow economically and socially in an environmentally responsible way.

Sparks Fly: Competency-Based Education Catches

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 06.15.2015 | College
Julian L. Alssid

Our educational outcomes -- particularly for lower-wage workers -- remain abysmal. And, our quality of life is suffering -- the Social Progress Index 2015 ranks the U.S. 16th in the world on that measure. And, yet, I see a glimmer of hope.

What Little League Baseball Tells Us About the Skills Gap

Blair Forlaw | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Blair Forlaw

Talent is fueled by a natural curiosity and love of learning that is either encouraged -- or squelched -- at a very early age. By the time we reach peak earning years, we've spent thousands of hours mastering what we need.

The On-Demand Economy and the Global Skills Gap

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 05.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Today, the majority of the world's population uses a cell phone. In addition, what is known as the "internet of things" is connecting us to our appliances, our cars, and our buildings through wireless artificial intelligence. This has major implications for our economy.

A Dark Day and a New Dawn -- The Evolution of Higher Education and Workforce Learning

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Colleges close and merge, but that this happened so quickly to a school of such standing was a disturbance of a different dimension. If Sweet Briar was a glimpse of one future for higher education, I got a look at an alternate future in Oakland.

The Skills You Really Need to Get a Job

Amy Rosen | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
Amy Rosen

In the information technology industry, nearly all technologies become obsolete within 10 years. As a result, education expires much faster than it used to. And because digital technology permeates all industries, no field of employment is spared the pressure of accelerated innovation.

Preparing for the 21st Century: Soft Skills Matter

Stedman Graham | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Stedman Graham

Most of us are still operating under a 20th-century paradigm. We were taught that learning all we can about a specific profession is the key to moving up to our goal rung on the socioeconomic ladder. Even "digital natives" learned this flawed premise; like the generations before them, they still think that hard skills are the key to advancement.

The Skills Gap Misery Index

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Dr. Bill R. Path

If we cannot even agree on the existence of a skills gap, we will never agree upon a solution to the skills gap. Rather than being perpetually engaged in an argument over its existence, we need to be engaged in a dialogue about how to combat it.

Educating for Democracy: High School Graduation Rates and Critical Thinking

Joel Shatzky | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The discrepancies between rising graduation rates and declining thinking skills are indications that there is something profoundly wrong with the education-evaluation system, which is supposed to measure achievement but can be manipulated to create a false impression of success.

Soaring Inequality Reverses Educational Progress

Jon Wisman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Jon Wisman

Obama's proposal comes at a time when the cost of college tuition -- both public and private -- has soared, making attendance difficult if not impossible for many households, the majority of which have suffered stagnant incomes since the 1970s.

Even Before Free College, Three Reasons Why 2015 Will be the Year of Higher Education Reform

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 03.11.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Real change needs more. Systemic change needs forces beyond individuals, individual programs, beyond even enlightened leaders. It needs the ground to shift. It needs larger planets to align.

Desk Job Blues: Rethinking Middle-Skill Jobs

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 02.14.2015 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

The perception about blue-collar careers won't change until students are better informed about the opportunities, and the truth, about what awaits them in the workforce.

The Skills Gap Is Hurting Small Businesses; Here's What They Want to Do About It

John Arensmeyer | Posted 01.24.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Addressing the skills gap is vital to our economy, and small businesses are a big part of the solution. Small employers already support the steps needed to make a difference, such as apprenticeships, on-the-job training programs and more.