Most People think that skill gap is a fiction but i does exist. So what is skill distance? It is the spacing between the skill gap employers are looking for and the skill that the employers passes e.g. infusion, writing, reading and mathematical skills. Due to lack of adequate skills, unemployment and vacancies are growing rapidly. Unemployment is up. Yet employers cannot find the working staff they want. According to a study titled an Adapt survive', there has been low productivity because the compnies are not able to match talent with right opportunities, costs incurred during recruitment and long searches to find the right candidates. Problem What causes skill gap?
This is according to jake Schwartz, CEO and co-founder of General Assembly. Most compnies are now embracing technology and if employees lack these skills they will end up being irrelevant and laid off from work thus creating vacancies.
Employers prefer hiring employees who already have the skills that they require rather than train them. They fear thay once an employee gets the necessary skills they will quit and find work in a competitor company.
Most organizations do not offer a competitive pay, therefor prospective employees opt for organizations that pay well.
The employers have been giving out a long list of qualifications which no one possesses. This result in few potential candidates or none at all and low match rates.
Employers normally look for employees who already have the relevant experience.
Most of the graduates that are being released to the job market lack necessary relational skills such as critical thinking, time management, team players among others.
Employers should ensure that employees have enough resources so that they can be able to be productive in the workplace.
Some of the people who possess the relevant skills have migrated to countries which offer better pay.
The education system does not adequately prepare the students from the workplace. The curricula being taught in schools has failed to address this issue.
Failure to do assessments by the HR has caused a skill gap because they do not know the skills that will be required in the future.
Employees. Once they get a job no longer bother to acquire more skills. They get into a comfort zone.
The baby boomers are retiring in large numbers creating vacancies since the generation that followed them was smaller in number and thus creating a vacuum that cannot be easily filled. SOLUTIONS To curb this skill gap, employers, employees and students should take the following into account;
Students out to know how to communicate very well in written form. This ensures that when they find work they can do reports, opinions etc. in a way that is both appealing and professionals, it should show completeness, conciseness, logical and free from grammatical and spelling mistakes. The written work must be elegant.
Students should be able to contact fluently in any language that they know. This requires clarity of thought, and for this to happen one must have vast knowledge in his/her area of expertise. At some point in the workplace, one will be to make a presentation that is why presentation skills are vital.
One of the most vital skill is research. By doing research, one gains knowledge in various sectors and therefore gets the skills that they are required to have. This involves knowing where to get resources in order to do a good research.
Students and employees should ensure that they are team players, able to interact with others, communicate very well, self-motivation, think critically etc. These are the necessary employability skills.
Employers should train their employees so that they acquire the necessary skills to get the job done. The employers should also take advantage of Government sponsored trainings by enrolling their employees for training since it is government funded. Employees should also try to adjust to the changes in the workplace by acquiring the required skills.
Employees should be exposed to better resources by the employers to ensure smooth operation at the workplace.
Employers can fill theses gaps by employing people who are qualified in a certain field to fill vacancies.
Employers should ensure that they employ the best people on the market who can adapt to any change in the workplace.
Education system needs to be revamped due to the changes that are taking place e.g. introduction o0f technology. Students need to be trained to think critically and have problem solving skills which are vital in any workplace. Students need also to be encouraged to do in-demand courses so that skill gap can be a thing of the past.
The HR should conduct an assessment so that it can be able to identify skills that will be required in the future and the steps that should be taken to ensure.
Employees should ensure that they develop themselves so that they can remain relevant in the workplace.
Youths should be empowered so that they can become role models to the rest and be able to also encourage each other. CONCLUSION Here at Smart Skill Tech PVT. LTD. (Company) we will provide you with the skills that you need to conquer the workplace and the necessary knowledge to help you bridge that gap and provide you with the necessary counseling.