Eliminate the Skills Gap
Whether blame is placed on tighter immigration policies, an
improving economy, retiring baby boomers, or a host of other
factors, many observers point to a serious skills gap in the
American labor pool. Learning organizations are faced with fielding
a right-skilled workforce in an era of annually changing needs.
Experts tell T+D that skill shortages seem to be widespread across
many industries, and that those shortagesespecially as companies
have to perform at their highest levels in a tough global marketare
hampering their ability to compete. How does an organization know
if it has a skills gap problem? What are the best tools or
indicators for organizations to use to assess their skills gap?
And, once an organization thinks it is on the road to solving its
skill shortages, how does it measure the outcome of its efforts? Is
it possible to re-tool an organizations workers to be more
adaptable to change? Experts from both the private and public
sectors weigh in on this issue and what each sector should be doing
to address it.