ERIC Number: ED420264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Sectoral Skills Needs: The Role of Universities. Task Force on Labour Market Issues: Office for Partnerships for Advanced Skills.
Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.
This report analyzes the role of the Task Force on Labour Market Issues of the Council of Ontario Universities in meeting industry skill needs, focusing particularly on three sectors: biotechnology, culture, and software/information technology. Also included are the findings of an earlier study on the skill needs and training requirements in the electrical/electronics and tourism/hospitality sectors. The report notes the following themes common to all sectors: (1) communication, cooperation, and learning skills gained from university education are valued in the workplace; (2) industry wants a practically oriented curriculum that will give students real world skills; (3) industry desires improved communication to facilitate greater input regarding evolving skill needs; (4) industry wants enrollments to respond more quickly to labor market needs; (5) employers value cooperative education and other work-based programs; (6) industry requires broader skills training, including skills once associated only with management positions; (7) training methods must be immediately relevant and delivered using flexible and accessible methods; and (8) employees must be exposed to the latest technological developments. The report concludes with recommendations for future actions and strategies to address the skills shortages identified. (Appendices contains members of the Task Force on Labour Market issues and sector representatives.) (MAB)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Employment, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Partnerships in Education, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Shared Resources and Services, Technology
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada