Poor communication and collaboration between employers and educational institutions poses a major challenge to closing the skills gap.
For example, a 2018 survey conducted by the Manpower Group found that 46% of U.S. employers struggled to fill open positions during this time. Yet employers don’t appear to prioritize partnering with educators. A 2018 McKinsey report found that only 37% of businesses representing the U.S. and some European countries considered it important to “build partnerships with educational institutions for effective retraining.”
As automation and AI replace and transform jobs, employers and educators must work together closely to ensure students (future workers) are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and skills.