Innovations in Quality Apprenticeships for high-skilled manufacturing jobs in the United States At BMW, Siemens, Volkswagen

This is a report of three youth apprenticeship programmes in the United States conducted by theSkills and Employability Branch in the ILO’s Employment Policy Department. The research aimed to produce evidence and analysis of quality apprenticeship programmes for youth in high-skilled manufacturing jobs. After a period of fading interest in formal apprenticeship systems internationally, the aggravated global youth employment crisis of the last few years has brought apprenticeship back to … [Read more...]

The Billion Dollar Solution that Isn’t: How systems modeling in foreign aid could save billions and serve the poor

ABSTRACT Monika Aring and Bobbin Teegarden argue that much of the foreign aid for economic and job growth in poor countries cannot work because the underlying assumption – that outside experts can fix the problem is misguided. They suggest that aid could achieve far better results if donors could distinguish between two opposite problem archetypes – technical and adaptive systems problems. Technical problems are problems for which societies have already developed solutions that work.  … [Read more...]

Skills Gaps Throughout the World: an analysis for UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2012

Monika Aring, author: monika.aring@gmail.com Abstract CEOs from around the world consider skills gaps one of their top five pressing concerns. In both developed and developing countries, skills gaps are constraining companies’ ability to grow, innovate, deliver products and services on time, meet quality standards and meet environmental and social requirements in countries where they operate. Closing skill gaps directly impacts improved productivity, employment, and … [Read more...]

Skills Gaps in Egypt: an analysis of Skills Gaps for UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2012

Monika Aring, author: monika.aring@gmail.com 1.  Introduction A World Bank White paper on Labor Markets and School-to-Work Transition in Egypt finds that despite higher education achievements (from 14 to 19 percent for men and 9 to 14 percent for women) the vast majority of Egyptian youth are unable to find good jobs.  Skills gaps are one of the three key factors that account for the joblessness, according to the paper’s authors (Urdinola and Semlali, p.1).  Egypt ranks second from … [Read more...]

Skills Gaps or Communications Gaps?
Why the war for talent is eminently treatable – with the right prescription

Why this blog? Today, October 15th, UNESCO is unveiling its 2012 Global Monitor Report focusing on youth unemployment.  www.efareport.unesco.org.  As part of developing background papers for the report, I reviewed over 120 employer reports on skills gaps from over 40 countries around the world.  I also wrote four country case studies on skills gaps, including the U.S., India, Brazil, Egypt, and a global overview of what employers around the world say is missing in terms of skills. The … [Read more...]

Skills Gaps in India: An analysis for UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2012

Skills Gaps in India:  an analysis for UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2012 Monika Aring, author: monika.aring@gmail.com Introduction The August 17, 2010 headline in India’s Economic Times announces: “India’s economy to become world’s fastest growing economy by 201 percent.”  The article goes on to say that “driven by a sterling demographic dividend, continuing structural reform and globalization, India is poised to accelerate its growth rate even as China will cool down … [Read more...]

Skills Gaps in the U.S.: an analysis for UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2012

Monika Aring, author:  monika.aring@gmail.com 1. Introduction According to the World Economic Forum’s Talent Mobility Report, U.S. employers find skills gaps and shortages in virtually every sector of the economy (WEF, p. 20).  A 2009 American Society for Training and Development survey finds that jobs are changing and the education system is not keeping up with the changes.  According to ASTD’s poll of 1,179 U.S. organizations about the extent of their skills gaps, more than half … [Read more...]

Skills Gaps in Brazil: a case study for UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2012

Monika Aring, author: monika.aring@gmail.com BACKGROUND 1. Introduction Brazil’s economy is forecast to be the world’s 5th largest economy by 2025, “overtaking that of Britain and France, and Sao Paulo will rank higher than Paris and Shanghai as the world’s sixth wealthiest city. (Economist Intelligence Unit, 2010). For 192 million consumers, Brazil is Latin America’s largest market and the world’s fifth most populous country. (Economist Intelligence Unit, 2010). According to … [Read more...]