Closing the Skills Gap

With university graduates failing to secure the jobs they studied for, the skills gap is becoming a serious concern. With this in mind, there appears to be only one other option: “Learnerships.”

Learnerships allow individuals of all ages to work full-time while obtaining a qualification in their field of expertise. This approach directly addresses the skills gap, with immediate results as more people secure employment.

What is the skills gap?

As a general rule of thumb, the skills gap is a phrase used to describe the difference between the skills that employers want compared to the skills that the prospective employee have. In most cases employers are looking for different skills than what the job-seeker can offer.

The root of the problem is the education system that is affecting today’s youth. Schools, for example, have been slow to recognise the growing role of IT in business, resulting in learners not being exposed to core computing skills at a young age. Both primary and secondary schools are failing to keep up with changing industry demands, resulting in an obvious skills gap that threatens to stifle economic growth.

What is a Learnership?

Simply put, a learnership is a learning path tailored to the desired skills of both the employer and the learner. Essentially, Learners are taught the theoretical skills they will need for their job, and the employer teaches the practical skills.

This is great, but why are Learnerships vital?

Employers tend to hire individuals whose skill set are relatively in line with the skills set they’re looking for. However, employers rarely get a say in what skills their employees have. With Learnerships, this problem is resolved as employers and employees work collaboratively to craft a skill set that they’re both happy with. Fundamentally, employers and learners hand pick the skills that will suit each of them and help close the skills gap.

Is there a skills gap in your organisation?

Do the skills, and knowledge of your current employees and talent pool match your company’s needs and goals? Is a lack of skills impeding your growth or having a negative impact on your bottom line? Is employee performance meeting agreed-upon targets, and are processes delivering the painless customer experience that customers expect?

Through our learnership and skills programme portfolio, Skills Junction can assist your organisation in closing skills gaps. Contact us today!

Quick Fact

Skills Junction is a QCTO and SETA accredited learnership training provider, as well as a preferred supplier with a 135% preferential procurement standing.

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