Monday, January 15, 2007

Facing a Skills Gap?

A lot of writing these days in the field of human resources makes reference to the impending Skills Gap and Talent shortage which employers will face starting later this decade here in Canada, and also in the US. This is in part due to the imminent retirement of a large number of baby boomers, and not enough "skilled" employees to fill the void that will be created.

There are some interesting articles and research which has been published recently, both in Canada and the US, related to the skills gap. You may be interested in checking out the following links:


Lessons in Learning: Canadian Council on Learning
Dec 21/06

Narrowing the Skills Gap: Workplace Literacy Programs in Canada. Final Report.


ASTD released "Bridging the Skills Gap: How Skills Shortage Threatens Growth and Competitiveness...and What to Do About it" in November. You can view a copy of the White Paper at

The National Centre on Education and the Economy (NCEE) issued a new report tentiteld "Tough Choices or Tough Times". To view the Executive Summary of the report visit:

A third paper on this topic which you may be interested in is "Are They Really Ready to Work?" at This details findings from a joint survey undertaken by the Conference Board, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Corporate Voices for Working Families, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Happy Reading!

Jennifer Britton - Potentials Realized

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