Skills Gap

Charlie Moke of Workforce Solutions Alamo once said of San Antonio “This city’s greatest strength is human capital.  It’s biggest deficit is human capital.”  The quote describes a national phenomenon.  In fact, in his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama mentioned the issue of skill gaps.  It is ironic that employers are having difficulty finding candidates when unemployment and jobless claims continue to remain relatively high.

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Why Companies Aren’t Getting the Employees They Need,” many companies are expecting employees to fill a position with all necessary skills for the task rather than providing on-the-job training which could help employees shore-up their skills.  In the article “President’s State of the Union Address Highlights Priorities for 2012”, the author reiterates that “the U.S. workforce is ill-prepared for the job needs of the future.” (http://www.shrm.org/Advocacy/GovernmentAffairsNews/HRIssuesUpdatee-Newsletter/Pages/012712_1.aspx)  In order for employees to be competitive in the current job market, it is essential that they receive job training before entering the workforce and it is essential that they continue to fine tune their skills through continued job training.

The skills that employers are looking for in potential and current employees not only include job-specific technical skills for the specific occupation but also include soft skills and other traits employees need to deal with day-to-day work stress.  Developing such skills as time management, flexibility, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution and problem-solving can help jump start their career for the long run.  Many READYTOWORK® Training Programs are designed to address these very issues.

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