No skills? - The skills gap dilemma!
Anyone who finds themselves out of work will know fully well just how hard it is to get their foot back in the door, (as the saying goes), and get back into regular work again.
This situation however is even more difficult if they do not have the required updated skills needed when applying for a job, or they have no recognised/certified skills, for a job that they may not have done before.
There are of course free training schemes available to the unemployed but many such courses may not directly relate to some types of work that need filling by employers.
Learning information technology, (I.T.), for example may be a great way forward when it comes to working in an office but with so many people applying for that type of work all the time the odds of success is somewhat limited.
Although there are thousands of jobs available out there very few can apply due to not having the required skills, and often vital previous experience, in some job positions that are more specialist in nature.
There are training courses available but often they do not cover such specialist job positions or they cost money that an unemployed person simply cannot afford.
This situation is known as the skills gap.
With a very high demand for people who can do, what you could call, specialist jobs and many thousands of people chasing after very few, of what you could call, regular job positions instead, due to not having the experience or skills for those more skilled jobs that employers cannot fill, the problem of the skills gap will continue to remain.
So how can this problem be solved?
At one time, very many years ago, learning a trade or a more specialist job skill was done direct by way of learning the required skills as you got paid via in-house training with a firm that needed a trained workforce.
A simple enough thing to do as people would be taken on by a firm and taught the job by a combination of hands-on training and study sessions.
In the initial stages of learning the employee would be given simple, basic, things to do and additional responsibilities as time went by. A simple case of starting at the bottom and working your way up over time.
This tried and tested method not only worked very well but it also helped employers to recruit much needed staff and it also got the unemployed off the unemployment job centres lists, and of course, off benefits.
Surely this is the only true way of getting people into jobs again? - more so in the case of special job skills that need filling - and also to reduce the so-called 'skills gap' - which in turn will also reduce the cost of benefit payments.
Unpaid work experience may have some benefits but this method of doing things will ensure that employers do not get the bad reputation of ‘exploitation of an unpaid workforce’ that some large companies have had to face in the past.