The Skills Gap Is Real and Here’s What Employers and Employees Should Be Doing About It

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As part of the working population ages and technology becomes more present in the work force, the skills gap is anticipated to become a serious issue in the future of the world of work. A skills gap is the gap between what employers need and what the workers are offering or able to do. New skills are developing and old skills are becoming obsolete. The work force is demanding new skills much faster, which means there is a high demand for workers who are flexible and able to adapt to new technologies as fast as they appear.

The skills gap doesn’t necessarily have to do with schooling. Many people have the education, but lack the elasticity to develop and upskill. There are many workers that possess degrees and basic reading, writing and mathematical skills. However, these skills are not part of the skill shortage. New technologies and skills are appearing in the work force, and as a result, workers must be able to display learnability and adapt on the job.

Talent Shortage = Labour Shortage

The baby boomers are reaching a point of retirement. While we mainly focus on technical skills nowadays, soft skills are also important. The baby boomers are leaving the work force with experience and skills that we need. However, it is up to the newer generations entering the workforce to acquire these skills and continue to evolve. Particularly in Alberta, where we have a large number of skilled workers, we are still heading toward a talent gap. Wondering which jobs are experiencing talent shortages? Stay posted for ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Report!

So, the question is, how do we fill this gap?

Both employers and employees should take on the role of a life-long learner. Recognize the power of skill development training and learnability.

What employers can do:

“We cannot slow the rate of technological advance or globalization, but we can invest in employees’ skills to increase the resilience of our people and organizations.”

– Jonas Prising, CEO of ManpowerGroup

Question what you are asking of your applicants. What skills do you require? Do these skills currently exist? Where will you find these skills? If skills training is needed, where will you get this training? Finding a candidate with the right skill sets for your job can be a tricky process. 76% of employers are training and developing employees to boost skills. Manpower’s top talent recruitment and staffing services work to retain the right talent. Manpower offers training services to their clients and associates to ensure to supply top talent to employers. Manpower works to highlight and attract the best fit candidates with the right skills to be a part of your team. Contact Manpower today to learn how we can help you attract top talent in Alberta.

What employees can do:

Labour pool decline and increase in skill gap calls for higher skilled candidates. As a worker, your best career strategy is to stay competitive in the work force by consistently upgrading your skills. Work on acquiring the skill sets that are in-demand to increase your employability. Take advantage of career resources. As a Manpower client, you have access to hundreds of free courses and training to develop your skill sets. Contact Manpower today to learn how you can upskill, develop skills and stay competitive in the ever-changing world of work.

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