What does this mean for our own regions? Our companies – like other professional organisations – have the same concerns. They, too, have to deal with an ever-changing labour market that is difficult to predict. And just like the 500 large multinational companies, they have an ongoing challenge to retrain and retrain existing people and attract new talent. It is therefore logical that it is extremely important for schools to serve these employers as well as possible. This means that they need to have a clear picture of what knowledge and skills are needed, both now and in the future.
And this is where the big challenge lies. Because what exactly are the wishes and needs in the field of work? After all, the field of work is generally very fragmented. Just think of SMEs; hundreds if not thousands of companies with different learning needs. It is impossible to deliver all these individual learning needs precisely. And then we leave aside the future learning needs.
Cooperation between all relevant regional stakeholders
The only way in which training can properly reduce the distance between them and the labour market is to join forces. Not only with each other, but with all relevant regional stakeholders. By working together with employers, governments and other stakeholders, it is possible to create a common vision. A vision as a basis for a regional human capital agenda so that a strategic training policy can be built.
1] The Future of Work, World Economic Forum 2019, among others.
2] 22nd Annual Global CEO Survey, PWC 2019