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Mexico’s record low jobless rate a result of investing in education

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Mexico is experiencing its lowest unemployment since 2008, according to recent statistics.  More Mexicans are entering the workforce everyday – which is positively linked to investment in education.

And the country’s strong  sector has held it up through economy difficulties.1024px-Mexican_construction_workers

Investing in their workers

In 2014, a U.S. News & World Report shows the Mexican workforce is increasingly educated. Read More

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Fast growing Chile seeking skilled workers

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While one of the fastest-growing economies in South America, Chile is in need of skilled workers – particularly in mining and construction.  However, due to the country’s low unemployment, local employers are recruiting and training workers.

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In an attempt to address the skills gap, the Government has launched the More Opportunities and Better Jobs program, which aims to make Chile’s economy stronger by 2020.  Over 50 initiatives, including lowering taxes and attracting investment, will drive this mission. Read More

Vocational education reform: Key to Vietnam’s 2020 vision

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CanThoFloatingMarketVietnam plans to transform into an industrialised country by 2020 with vocational education a core focus, as the demand for skilled workers increases.

With a growing rate (1.4 million) entering the labour market per year, skill development is crucial.  As it stands, only 27% of Vietnamese workers have job-relevant training… with only 15% having completed formal vocational training.

The Government has set a goal in place: to reform vocational education. Read More

TVET to help overcome Canada’s skills shortage problem

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A recent survey in Canada details employers’ struggle to find candidates with the skills they need – with 68% finding it hard to find the right staff.  On-the-job experience, interpersonal skills, problem solving and technical abilities are lacking.Canada

Skills shortages, an ageing population and an evolving business environment are making it different to recruit and retain employees but Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) can help to address these problems. Read More

Transformation of Higher Education and TVET in Japan

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Japan is facing economic stagnation, in the wake of low Chinese demand, and labour shortages.

With a planned consumption tax increase in 2017, growth is likely to be only ½ of a percent.  This is a major concern, with the gross public debt rising to 230% of GDP.

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With hopes of a primary surplus by 2020, the Japanese Government needs to implement targeted structural reforms to turn their economy around.  The country’s aging population, shrinking workforce and public aversion to immigration is hitting a near-crisis point. Read More

Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales

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Wales has the highest inactivity rate in the UK – with just 68.5% of the population part of the workforce, and figures released just this month show no signs of improvement.

The number of people out of work rose by 4,000, totalling 1,367,000, taking the Welsh unemployment rate to 7%, compared to 5.8% for the UK as a whole.

WalesYouth unemployment a real concern

Alarmingly, youth unemployment continues to grow faster in Wales than across the UK.

Welsh Economy Minister, Eluned Pattot, urged the Government to redouble its efforts to reduce unemployment in Wales.

“We need to address the fundamental problems in our economy.  We need to find out why the unemployment rate is falling significantly faster just over the border in the West Midlands, for example.”

Job creation schemes need to be more targeted and ambitious, especially for the long term unemployed. Read More

Ireland: Dedication to Education means a bright future

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With just under half of the population (49.19%) under 35, Ireland’s youth can lead the way in a capable, highly adaptable and mobile workforce.  The country’s economy grew at more than 5% in 2014 – making it the fastest in Europe.  And it’s not showing any signs of slowing.Northern Ireland

Ireland’s overall population is expected to increase by 1.4% by 2021… and with unemployment heading downhill – from 14.7% in 2012, to 10.1% in 2016, the Government’s dedication to education is helping improve these figures. Read More

Further Education and TVET in the UK

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There’s a large international market for Further Education and skills development.  The UK is a fine example of a country developing their economy with programmes or comprehensive systems of further education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

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TVET is delivered in a variety of ways, through apprenticeship programmes or full or part time study, through a Further Education college or training partner. Read More

Scotland – developing a national approach to get youth job ready

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Everyone Matters, Scotland’s 2020 workforce vision is a sound example of a country showing commitment to their youth.  Connecting NHS Boards, the Scottish Government and businesses, the action plan is a result of a countrywide conversation among 10,000 people.

Tourism in ScotlandWith Scotland’s unemployment numbers on the rise (5.9%), increasing by 1,000 to 163,000 between February and April this year, programs are extremely important to focus on the employability of young people. Read More

Investing in Indonesia’s youth and female entrepreneurs to fix training mismatch

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With over 250 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation.  And the youth population makes up around half of the total population – below the age of 30.  This equates to a 21.6% youth unemployment rate – an alarming statistic.Indonesia pic

With key industries including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, construction, transport, community services and restaurants and hotels, Indonesia could benefit from investing in upskiling it’s youth in these trades as well as encouraging more women into entrepreneurship. Read More