As Global Industry Partners we are already individually involved
in education and training initiatives in our various markets.
This affords us the opportunity to get feedback from our customers,
industry partners, associations, labour unions and educators on what
is needed in workplace skills. It also allows us to provide feedback to government and
education on industry trends, practices and technology that might impact curriculum and
the facilities and equipment needed.
And what we are seeing is a gap between the traditional skills and
those that are needed today. There is a transformation happening in the traditional skills
and a development of many new skills plus the merging of the two together.
Then there are developing countries and the emerging markets such as China, India and Eastern Europe.
They are a unique challenge since the technologies and infrastructure being deployed often leapfrogs the
current main stream technologies and requires new skill sets, training personnel and locally trained workers.
Many of the skill sets and types of workers needed are also infl uenced by corporate productivity,
sustainability and investment goals and the need to think lean, green and have a “team” approach.
This is also creating a global problem that goes beyond just skilled labour shortages and the right
training from traditional college programs. It is not only an issue of bringing fresh young workers into the job market,
but retraining and ‘re-skilling’ the current workforce as well, who are often not ready for the new way of doing things.
Collectively, as Global Industry Partners, we see WorldSkills as our so-called – portal - into the world that is
establishing a value for skills as the global currency, and building the international skilled workforce with many of
the traits mentioned. We can have a much greater impact through the development of best practices and standards that
can be leveraged around the world in all industry sectors. Our future economic health is dependent on the skilled workforce
and that’s why we are here: simply put, there is no economy without skilled workers.