ERIC Number: EJ695832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 34
Towards a Shared Understanding of Skill Shortages: Differing Perceptions of Training and Development Needs
Skinner, Denise; Saunders, Mark N. K.; Beresford, Richard
Education + Training, v46 n4 p182-193 2004
The question of how to develop human capabilities to meet current and future needs of organisations has become an important issue at national, organisational and individual levels. An essential ingredient is shared understanding of the skills and competences deemed necessary and/or desirable for current and future performance. Current indications in the UK are that this may not exist and that there is an incompatibility between supply and demand. This paper reports on a research project undertaken in the UK automotive sector to explore the extent and nature of the differences in perception among stakeholders relating to the skills and development needs of current and future employees. Using the template approach data were collected from those providing training and those who are consumers of training. Comparison identified competing demands and differences in expectation and attainment, particularly in relation to prospective employees, potentially resulting in dissatisfaction and disappointment for all concerned.
Descriptors: Supply and Demand, Employees, Academic Achievement, Manufacturing Industry, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Apprenticeships, Vocational Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom