Saylor Academy Summit: Closing the Global Skills Gap

“Companies throughout the world are experiencing challenges with recruiting top talent. But it’s not just talent that is in low supply – it’s specific skill sets.”   
— Neil Shastri, Leader of Global Insights & Innovation, Talent, Rewards & Performance, Aon

What is the Global Skills Gap?

UNESCO estimates that, by the year 2025, there will be nearly 100 million young people able to learn new skills but may not have access to universities or institutions to obtain those skills.

The “skills gap” is also affecting employers globally.

For example, Shastri explains, skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and communication are increasingly in-demand. As economies change, workers will need access to education and training to compete.  Technological changes and workforce automation will also drive older students back to the classroom as lifelong learning becomes a worldwide phenomenon.

These higher education and skill seekers, particularly in developing countries, will outpace local capacities.  Conversely, employers will need to be able to tap a more skilled talent pool to fill hiring gaps and continue to innovate. The Closing the Global Skills Gap Summit will connect leading global education providers, employers and policy makers to educate, upskill populations worldwide. 

The summit will start at 8:30 am on Thursday, November 14 and will end at 2:30 pm on Friday, November 15th.

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