HRM and skills development – March 2020

30 March 2020

(NVC) Live Online learning beats COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to spread and travel restrictions have been introduced, the need for in-person classes (physical classrooms) has decreased dramatically. (Live) online learning that removes the need to travel brings solutions. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has launched 10 strategies for successful online learning during a coronavirus outbreak and WeForum provides examples from Chinese universities. Packaging business worldwide is already enjoying ten different NVC packaging courses and workshops Live Online since 2012, perfectly suited for employees who work at home these days due to COVID-19.

Global Talent Competitive Index published
INSEAD published its 7th edition of The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (10.93 MB) addressing Global Talent in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. It explores how the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not only changing the nature of work but also forcing a re-evaluation of workplace practices, corporate structures and innovation ecosystems.

Youth tells UNICEF their education is not preparing them with the right skills
An online poll of 40,000 young people in over 150 countries reveals that many young people feel their current education is not preparing them with the skills they need to get jobs. One third of the young people responding via the UNICEF engagement platform U-Report say that the skills and training programmes offered to them did not match their career aspirations. More than a third of respondents go on to say that the jobs they seek are not available in their communities.
Separately, a global survey (24.86 MB) by PwC found that 74% of CEOs around the world said they are concerned about finding the right skills to grow their business. To address some of these challenges, UNICEF and PwC are joining forces over the next three years to help equip young people with the skills they need for future work.

Towards better skills systems – Cedefop releases 2020 European Skills Index
Cedefop has released the 2020 European Skills Index (ESI), which showcases the skills systems’ improvements made since its 2018 edition, including areas that merit further attention in each country. Cedefop notes: ‘The ESI is a tool designed to help the implementation of the European pillar of social rights. For an efficient skills system, it is important not only to develop skills appropriately, but also to ensure a good transition from education to work and appropriate matching of the skills acquired to those needed in the workplace.’ The new release includes 31 countries: the EU-27, the UK, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

Successful ageing at work
Demographic changes (ageing population, rising life expectancy) are a serious challenge for ageing workers and their employers. It is important to facilitate successful ageing at work, by stimulating self-regulation and job crafting and by conducting further research into HR methods to achieve this. This is what Prof. Dorien Kooij of Tilburg University (in Dutch) states in her inaugural speech on 13 March 2020. An article (558 kB) about her research was recently published in Work, Aging and Retirement.

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