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STEM education: plugging the global skills shortage

Relocate Magazine – Staff Writer

A consequence of this is a burgeoning global careers market for highly-skilled STEM graduates and school leavers.Today, international businesses demand ever more talent to help them compete in global marketplaces. These businesses also have higher than ever expectations of their young recruits too. This view is endorsed by ‘Inspiring Growth’, the CBI/Pearson Education Skills Survey, which cites that a degree in a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subject can give graduates a clear advantage in the jobs market.”(more)

Schools and industry should join forces to reduce skills gap – Marc Durando

Horizon Magazine – Marc Durando

“Schools and industry should join forces to increase the level of skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and better prepare pupils for careers in the sector, according to Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet, a network of 31 European ministries of education. All industrial sectors need qualified professionals in STEM to boost the pace of innovation, employment and productivity, and consequently Europe’s ability to compete globally.”(more)

Pulling together to bridge the skills gap

The Telegraph – Sean Hargrave

“Anyone in business who has tried to hire a skilled worker will understand that when it comes to qualified, experienced staff, the demand often outpaces supply. The barrier to business growth this represents is acknowledged by the government, which surveys companies every two years to quantify the challenged posed by the skills gap. According to the latest figures for 2013, from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), one in five vacancies are difficult to fill because of a shortage of skills…Typically the roles are in science, technology and engineering – the subject areas that industry folk believe schools can do more to encourage children to study, as they are most in demand by employers.”(more)

Nigerian Graduates Need 21st Century Skills to Be Employed – Pearson

Vanguard – Dayo Adesulu

“With approximately 11 million people between the ages of 15 and 34 out of work in Nigeria, it is becoming more important than ever to tackle the country’s youth unemployment challenge with practical and effective solutions…employers the world over complain that despite high youth unemployment rates, finding school leavers and graduates with the skills demanded by modern workplaces is increasingly difficult. Nigeria, like many other countries, has an oversupply of tertiary graduates that fail to possess the 21st Century skills and competencies employers so often require – teamwork, innovation, communication skills and initiative, to name just a few…Embedding these skills in curricula will help create a workforce that has the attributes necessary to meet the demands of a global and increasingly connected labour market.”(more)

Discussing Skills, Innovation, and Girls’ Education in Doha

The Huffington Post – Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

“Education systems are not keeping up with fast-changing global economies, and in advanced and developing countries alike students are not being prepared for the modern workforce. This “skills gap” was the focus for this year’s World Innovation Summit of Education (WISE), an event that brings together thousands of leading education experts and policymakers…Improving education for girls, in particular, occupied a principal place at the two-day conference…as Rebecca Winthrop, head of the Brookings Center for Universal Education, has persuasively argued, educating girls is of the utmost importance. “More educated girls, for example, have healthier children, help reduce infant mortality, and play more active roles in leading their communities and countries,” she writes.”(more)

How To Get A Job Of The Future With A Liberal Arts Degree

Fast Company – Rich Bellis

“As the exorbitant costs of a college education keep questions about its value and purpose in the national spotlight, students, their parents, lawmakers, and educational institutions themselves are all rushing to make claims about how and whether a four-year degree pays off. At their heart is the question of what payoff looks like. Is it landing a high-salaried job after graduating, or becoming an informed, critical-thinking member of society?…”There is rightly a huge focus on turning out STEM graduates,” says Michelle Tullier, Georgia Tech’s executive director of Career Development, “but there’s also a lot of awareness of the importance of the skills and knowledge that comes with a liberal arts degree. Those two things do not have to be in conflict.””(more)