Skills Gaps

According to a 2013 poll, 11 percent of business leaders think the workforce has prepared graduates. This doubt is traceable to the serious skills gap for in-demand jobs. A 2016 PayScale survey revealed that graduates lacked crucial workforce skills. These skills include public speaking, writing skill and data analysis. Therefore, it is vital for your training and development team to know what business leaders need. Consider these three strategies.

1. Use Technology

Technology can help improve students’ workforce readiness in several ways. You can customize content. This approach provides a personalized learning experience for your students. You can use technology to boost engagement. Use synergic tools for online peer learning. One study found that this improves academic achievement. Moreover, an uptick in eLearning content by colleges show increased enrollment in online courses.

2. Identify In-demand Jobs

Some of the fastest growing jobs leading into 2024 are STEM-related jobs. These jobs include web developers, optometrists, and wind turbine service technicians. Schools should leverage technology to pinpoint in-demand jobs. They can do this by using analytics to research job market trends.

3. Adapt Curriculum and Other Programs

Institutions are further adapting curricula and other programs. This change allows students to meet workplace demands with required skills. Institutions get this done by building internships and work prospects into degree requirements. Additionally, they form partnerships with companies. Wentworth Institute of Technology includes NASA cooperative scholarly internships in students’ curriculum. New University of Notre Dame students can fill out job-focused digital portfolios. This portfolio can include the students’ best work samples and career plans. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities’ career center promotes career development awareness. This happens as soon as the students’ incoming year. It fuses resume services and interviewing. It also provides internship application support.

Final Thoughts

Preparing your students for the workforce calls for implementing change. Do this by transforming your approach and having a game plan. Leverage eLearning that enhances training and development. Include digital portfolios. Build cooperative education into curricula. Taking these steps helps bridge skills gaps for in-demand jobs.