Even though the recession is ending, many Americans are still unemployed or under-employed because they are underqualified. As a result, vital positions in many industries are not being filled. This misalignment between the competencies required and the skills of current job applicants needs to be addressed. Niche skills in many sectors are becoming more limited with each passing day.
A recent report called "The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing: 2015 and Beyond" projects that "over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled." In addition, the IT and healthcare industries in particular, as well as many individual businesses, are facing the same challenge—a shortage of qualified people.
21st-century jobs require a more technical background than ever before. It's not enough for today's workers to be skilled in math. They need to be versed in the latest technologies, applied sciences, computer programs and market trends available in order to stay competitive. The bottom line is, organizations of all kinds are facing a skills emergency that's threatening to starve the long-term economic growth of the country.
Although over the past several years output has risen by 18 percent, and many employees are working more hours per week than they have in the past 50 years, we are still facing a skills crisis that is getting wider. Roughly 2.7 million baby boomers are expected to retire within the next decade which is leading to a shortage of qualified job applicants. This puts the burden on employers for attracting and retaining a new generation of workers.
The reality is that if your business is not already dealing with a shortage of qualified people, chances are you will be within the very near future. The world is evolving at such a rapid pace that organizations are putting themselves at risk of falling behind too far and too fast. You can't grow your business without talent on multiple levels and with diverse skillsets. The key is in how to close the critical gap. There are no simple solutions!
Join senior HR consultant Carol Hacker as she addresses the sobering realities, challenges, and trends facing all organizations in need of skilled labor. You will get to understand the mechanisms behind the skills gap and what steps can be taken in your HR department to address this issue and recruit the talent you desperately need from the slim pickings available.
You will walk away with dozens of tips for avoiding dependence on outdated approaches for finding the right people. You will also learn how to expand the skill base of your current employees and provide the training necessary to help your existing people keep up with the pace in a rapidly changing work environment.
Who should attend?
Leaders from all organizations and levels including HR professionals, managers, supervisors, team leaders and executives that have responsibilities for leading a team of one or more people.
Carol Hacker is the former Director of Human Resources for the North American Division of a European manufacturer, Employee Relations Manager for the Miller Brewing Company, and County Office Director for the US Department of Labor. Carol has been the President and CEO of Hacker & Associates, a management con... More info