Falling into the skills gap? Grow your own candidates

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It’s been HR’s on-going struggle: watching unemployment rise around the world, yet still being unable to find a candidate with the right skills for a job. Partnerships between industry and academics, or in some cases specific companies and educators, could help bridge that gap by directing students and even teenagers towards areas where workers are needed.

Indian-based consulting and outsourcing company Infosys had already partnered with university campuses in Malaysia and Mexico to provide industry-specific electives for students. Now they are taking the next step with a partnership with Singapore Management University to develop training content, with Infosys jointly planning and conducting seminars and tutorials.

“Our industry academia partnership, Programme Campus Connect, has helped students become qualified and industry ready employees. The educational institutions are extremely receptive to partnering with us,” says Srikantan Moorthy, SVP and group head of education and research at Infosys. “The work we’re doing with SMU takes this to a higher level with huge benefits to both participants, leveraging the best of our experience and the best of their knowledge. It’s a win-win situation for business, for academia and for talented individuals.”

As natural resources drive Canada’s employment demands, these programs could be vital for industries such as mining – where companies expect to increase staff numbers by 23% this quarter, according to Manpower’s most recent survey.  

Suncor spokesperson Sneh Seetal told HR Daily that the company supports university and technical institutions that offer programs that feed its work force, including specific partnerships with colleges in Canada and the USA.

 “We know there will be a tight labour market and the demand for highly skilled workers, given that increasing global demand for our products and the planned growth within our industry, we know that situation exists. We have done what we can to offset any potential impacts,” she says.
 

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