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State of the skills gap

 

Our world is accelerating at speed. Knowing what skills our business and our people need both now, and in the future, is no easy feat. With digital transformation and the Internet of Things (IoT) accelerating progress, many organisations are contending with a new challenge: accessing skills which will support their growth in line with these wider world changes.

We’ve put together a  research-based examination of the organisational impact of the growing skills gap across both L&D and employees.

What is the skills gap?

The term “skills gap” describes a fundamental mismatch between the skills that employers rely upon in their employees and the skills that job seekers possess. This mismatch makes it difficult for individuals to find jobs and for employers to find appropriately trained workers.

Back in 2015, the World Economic Forum forecasted that this year (2020) more than a third of the desired skill sets of most occupations will comprise skills that are not yet considered crucial. They anticipated a rise in the need for skills in automation, AI, machine learning and more, as well as ongoing demand for more ‘human’ skills such as creativity, negotiation and emotional intelligence.

How do you fix the skills gap?

How do we all prepare for the future, whilst still supporting our present needs? Download this eBook to get a better understanding of the looming skills gap and identify some of the core skills needed to keep pace with modern technology. Some of the topics covered in this guide include: ‘How prepared are we for the skills gap?’, ‘Employee perceptions of skills gaps’, ‘What technology is going to work?’, ‘How to improve our L&D offering’, and many more.

For more information, get a snippet of our research survey in our latest infographic. Here we asked 500 learning and development (L&D) leaders across the UK about the key reskilling challenges by business today, as well as identifying modern approaches which may well help allay them.

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